Whether you live in a part of the world where it snows all the time, or you rarely see a falling flake, you can stitch a storm of beautiful snowflakes with this easy needlepoint chart. It's amazing how every snowflake that falls on the earth is unique. When you've completed the snowflakes, turn them into needlepoint ornaments or gift tags to enhance and decorate presents as you share the spirit of the Christmas holiday season.
Work this simple snowflake in a single color or with iridescent thread to make it look like it is changing colors with the light. Once you've discovered the satisfaction that comes from making needlepoint ornaments, you'll no longer be content with ready-made decorations.
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Working the Easy Snowflake Needlepoint Project
Assemble a collection of different needlepoint thread, canvas, both plastic and regular mono, and general needlepoint supplies. Follow the full-color snowflake needlepoint chart and stitch the design with tent, continental or basketweave needlepoint stitches.
These simple stitch techniques will showcase the points in the design and allow for the use of an open, airy background technique. The completed design measures 2 1/2 square inches, and there are 35 needlepoint stitches wide and high that you can work in two hours or less.
Not only is this project ideal for making needlepoint ornaments, but it can also be used to create window mobiles, beverage coasters, appliques, and patches for sewing on sweaters and other clothing, as well as beautiful needlepoint accents for winter home decorating.
When reading the needlepoint chart, treat each colored square as one stitch. For tent or continental stitches, this means working at the intersection of one vertical and horizontal thread of the needlepoint canvas.
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A Look at a Stitched Sample of the Needlepoint Snowflake
The sample needlepoint snowflake was worked in a light blue thread. To make each snowflake unique, experiment with the needlepoint chart by adjusting the size, changing the color, altering the shape and sharpness of the points, as well as changing the design altogether. Whatever you decide to do, it will produce an entirely different stitched snowflake to add to your needlepoint snowstorm.
You should resist the temptation to work textured stitches when using a ribbon thread, or it might twist. Use a laying tool to keep it from turning.
Instead of a solid background, work a darning pattern to create an open-canvas effect that will enhance the larger snowflake and simulate tiny white falling snowflakes all around it. Needlepoint darning patterns using the open-canvas technique add dimension and interest to needlework.
For added highlights, use a single strand of white beautiful metallic braid for the long vertical stitch as well as the tacking stitches of the darning pattern.