Getting a face just right is so important in needlepoint. If you don’t want it to look like a cartoon you have to place your stitches and colors just right. Basketweave and blending lots of shades will give you a gorgeous face. But sometimes you just aren’t in the mood for that level of stitching. So, what can we do?
Here’s Penelope by Sandra Varagas from the second lesson of our Mystery Class. She has a harlequin pattern painted on her face. Long stitches create the bold painted pattern worked with 2 ply Soie d’Alger. Pavillion Diamonds fills the rest of her face and is worked with a single ply of Soie d’Alger. She’s adorable.
Yes, you can use stitches other than Basketweave on a face. Here’s a few other examples I showed in class.
David Galchutt’s Santa’s face is worked in Balloon Stitch again with a single ply of silk. All of the beautiful shading shows through the stitching. I changed the direction of the stitches in the shadowed areas.
Boo also uses light coverage Balloon Stitch and Brick Stitch.
The face on Sudden Realization is smaller, and the majority of it is Tent Stitch. but depth was added through the addition of Long Stitches and Outline Stitches at the eye.
Here’s David Galchutt’s Eden. In this case the circular stitch, Ming Stitch, is a bit bigger and worked with 2 ply Soie d’Alger.
In addition to working on Penelope’s face we started her skirt! We used a pretty stitch worked with Overdyed Perle Cotton #8 and Petite Silk Lamé Braid. Just enough coverage to allow the shading to show through. We don’t want to flatten all those pretty folds in the skirt.
Penelope is coming along. There’s more to be completed in the upcoming weeks. We have canvases in stock if you would like to join the fun. Here’s the link.
Let’s Fall in Love is also on the stitching stand so hopefully the next lesson of that will be on it’s way soon.
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