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Since I'm working on a winter embroidery piece, I wanted to learn some stitches that would resemble sparkles or twinkles or snow flakes. Here are a couple - and remember you can get great effects by varying the sizes.
I like the plus signs. They are a great twist to the standard "x" stitch for me. With Halloween right around the corner, I figured I would try the spider web too. You can use any number of stitches when you make your star shape. The trick is to weave under 2 webs, in the same direction each time. As you work your way around, you slip back under the last stitch you wove, plus the next one. Make sense? It's like 'one step back, two steps forward'. This is how the cross stitch threads get wrapped as you go. Mine is very crude... but remember, I'm learning! ; )
Perhaps I can use the 6 pointed webs as snowflakes. hmm... I find that I really enjoy weaving the stitches. It's such an interesting process. Check out this last one I'll show you. You begin with 2 rows of backstitching. I used curves. In retrospect, I wish the first backstiched rows were a little tighter. They need to hold the next thread that you will be weaving though, back and forth across from row to row. Check it out.
You end up with the Herringbone Ladder Stitch. I love it. It looks like a lovely stitch that you could connect 2 pieces of cloth with.
Intricate, but easy to do. Happy Stitching everyone!