Designed and hand painted by Sandra Gilmore - Once In A Blue Moon
Stitched by Dr. Barbara A - student at Newport Needlepoint, Costa Mesa, CA.
ANG Seminar 1st Place-Special Judges Award, 1st Place- Amateur Painted Category Award
Our beautiful witch's hair was created with an overlapping long stitch. I originally learned this technique by studying "string art" books. Three colors (close in value) of Needlepoint Inc. silk were selected to shade the wavy curls. Practicing this stitch on a doodle canvas will help you perfect your work.
The jack-o-lantern is worked in a single strand of perle coton #8 - #721 in the balloon stitch. The balloon stitch is worked over the major part of the jack-o-lantern. A little tip about this stitch - all vertical stitches on any two "balloons" will add up to the longest stitch. The pattern of the stitch is 2,2; 4,4; 6,6; 8,8;10,10;12,12;12,12; 10,10; 8,8; 6,6; 4,4 2,2. The glowing eyes, nose and mouth cut outs are created with Kreinik's Balger #4 - 091 in the 4 way continental stitch in a single strand. The dark lines are tent in perle coton #8- #920. Slant the tent stitches in the smoothest direction.
The wrap is worked in 3 colors of Petite Very Velvet in the basket filling stitch. Outline the wrap in the darkest PVV color in 1 strand , tent stitch. The stitch is not broken when changing colors-just change to the next color when the two "bars" of the stitch are complete.. No compensation is needed except where you stitch to the outline stitch.