Unless otherwise noted use a single strand of thread in your needle.
Stitch the bow in Woven Stitch using two strands of Essentials Foliage 728 for the main green, two strands of Essentials Caterpillar 707 for the highlights, and two strands of Essentials Wreath 730 for the shadows.
See compensating instructions below.
Stitch the white stripe in Tent Stitch using Pepper Pot Silk Coconut 066.
Stitch the blue stripes in Vertical Interlocking Gobelin using Pepper Pot Silk Curacao 106.
Stitch the flower heads in Rhodes Stitch using Pepper Pot Silk Coconut 066.
Stitch the flower head dot in a single French Knot using Planet Earth Wool Cuddle 014.
Stitch the flower stems in Tent Stitch and Reverse Tent Stitch using two strands of Essentials Caterpillar 707. For the right facing flower stems: stitch the main stem and top leaf in Reverse Tent Stitch. Stitch the bottom leaf in Tent Stitch. For the left facing flower stems: stitch the main stem and top leaf in Tent Stitch. Stitch the bottom leaf in Reverse Tent Stitch.
Stitch the tiny pink dot in Cross Stitch 1 over 1 using Planet Earth Wool Taffy 221.
Stitch the background in Tent Stitch using Planet Earth Wool Cuddle 014.
I love Woven Stitch for its ease of compensating! If you can’t take a full stitch, you will simply be compensating with a Tent Stitch (or Reverse Tent depending on the angle of the Woven Stitch you're compensating).
Where the bow ribbon overlaps, end the stitch short (and compensate) to help define the edge.
However, where the ribbon changes colors without meeting an edge (such as the highlight on the knot) do not compensate. Simply take a full stitch, fitting it within the color area to the best of your ability.
When compensating Rhodes Stitch, do your best to mimic the overlap and angle of the full Rhodes Stitch. Make sure you’re working the overlap in as similar an order as possible.
I’ve found that when the Rhodes Stitch is cut in half it’s best to end the stitches all in the center hole (see diagram).
If you’re in a small area and not sure what the angle should be: place your needle in the hole where the full stitch would go if you weren’t compensating. Then, keeping the angle of the stitch (to the best of your ability) back up the needle to the edge of the area.
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