Hi, there! Have you settled into a post-holiday routine yet? I’m trying to, but it’s really hard. It’s easy, though, to lose touch with those you connected with or reconnected with from the end of November through the first week of January. Let those people know you’re still thinking of them by doing some easy stitching, placing your work in a card frame and sending it off with a note. You’ll make someone’s day!
Stitch Spotlight: Candlewicking
Since candlewicking is all about easy stitching, I’m spotlighting this needlework technique today. I’ll give you some pointers on how to do it (it’s basically just Colonial or French knots along with some straight or back stitches) and links to some free patterns. Plus, the white-on-white designs mean you don’t have to spend a lot on or waste time changing threads. See Gayle’s article on candlewicking in The Old Schoolhouse Magazine (p. 180).
This post on About.com has a lot of information on candlewicking techniques, and there are pages and pages of free patterns. I love the L O V E hearts and the kittens! For a history of candlewicking, see this article on BellaOnline written by Megan McConnell. Connie’s Cross-Stitch Blog has some beautiful square candlewicking patterns that would be beautiful on a pillow. If you’re really industrious, you could even make a quilt!
If you do get into candlewicking and stitch up some wonderful things, please share them with us.