Four years ago I wrote a series of Lessons for Beginners; now I find I've changed my mind a bit and in my lead-up to Catherine the Great, I'm rewriting the lessons a bit.
The most current lesson is on Queendom Website's Home Page and on this page.
You will find links to the former lessons below.
Lesson #5: The Basic Structures of Three Stitches
Stitch #1 Upright Gobelin Stitch
This is the most basic upright stitch.
By ‘upright’ I mean
Notice you bring your needle
up through a hole at 1,
down through a hole at 2,
up through a hole at 3,
down through a hole at 4
and so forth.
The numbered stitch is
upright over 4 canvas
Right below it: the same
stitch scaled over 3 meshes
and below that, the same
stitch scaled over 2 meshes.
To the right, the same stitch
turned 90 degrees over 4 meshes
and the same turned 90 degrees over 3 meshes.
Stitch #2 Slanting Gobelin Stitch
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This stitch slants diagonally across the canvas meshes. At the top are numbers showing 2 ways to work the stitch (up at 1, down at 2, etc.) Both are valid; the one on the right uses a bit more thread because the throw on the backside is longer.
The other examples show the same stitch scaled over different numbers of meshes and in different directions. At its smallest (bottom numbered example) Slanting Gobelin morphs into Tent Stitch.
All can be stitched from left to right or right to left except the bottom Tent Stitch. It has to be stitched as numbered, from right to left, otherwise the stitches slip under the canvas meshes.
Stitch #3 Basic Cross Stitch
What is Cross Stitch but a combination of a single Slanting Gobelin Stitch in one direction and a single Slanting Gobelin Stitch in the other direction
The numbers, up at 1, down at 2, etc. show two ways to work a
Left example is English, right example is Danish. Both are valid
ways of working a simple Cross Stitch.
What is an Upright Cross Stitch but a single Upright Gobelin Stitch
in one direction and a single Upright Gobelin Stitch in the other direction.
Why I Chose These Stitches for Beginners
I chose them because they are the basic root of almost all traditional
As an exercise, look through a basic stitch book and identify the stitches
which have a root in Upright Gobelin Stitch or Slanting Gobelin Stitch or Cross Stitch. You will find almost all of them relate back to these three stitches.
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For Beginning Needlepoint Students, here is a reworking of my series from the past.