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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.
For Beginning Needlepoint Students, here is a reworking of my series from the past.
Lesson #7 Basic Compensation
What is Compensation?
Slanting Gobelin is a great stitch to show what compensation in needlepoint is.
On the right are four rows of Slanting
Gobelin Stitch and a simple polygon shape
in light blue below the four rows.
If I wanted the Slanting Gobelin Stitch to
look like the polygon shape, how would
I do this?
I would have to modify the stitch length
to conform to the shape of the polygon.
The art of modifying a stitch to fit and
fill a shape is called ‘compensation’ .
Scroll down to see how I have modified
the length of the stitches to fit the polygon
On the graph below, I have modified the stitches marked by bold lines and I have added the stitches marked by dashed lines, to fill the shape of the polygon.
This is basic compensation.
Notice that I have preserved the
direction of the original Slanting
Gobelin and I have used as much
of the stitch as I can. Both are
important aspects of compensation.
In the beginning this is all a newbie
needs to know about compensation
but it isn’t the whole story.
Tomorrow we will go a bit beyond
beginning compensation and
deal with a couple of the problems
with the way I have compensated
my polygon and a couple of ways
I might have done a better job.