|Northern Light Santa Finished|
This morning I have one final glimpse of my completed Blue Russian Santa for you before he disappears on his journey to the finisher. In this photograph you can see how much sparkle is involved with his metallics, silks, beads and crystals. Those of you who are shop owners can visit him in person at the May TNNA show at the Leigh Design booth. By then he will be a stand up figure, courtesy of West Coast Finishing.
|Kirstin's Santa has Snow|
|Susan's Blue Russian in the Snow|
|Carolyn's Santa in Grass|
And Susan shared it with Carolyn whose Santa is outside in the spring grass with his bird friends. Doesn't matter, Brian's Steppe Stitch does good grass, too!
A stitch that everyone finds just perfect is a stitch that deserves to be shared, so I asked Brian for permission to diagram and post Brian's Steppe Stitch here. Brian gladly gave it because he is a really nice person. He says to tell you it's a variation of Brick Stitch.
I diagrammed this stitch turned upright in vertical lines. If you use it for snow or grass, turn your canvas on its side and stitch it that way for a smoother line. When you turn your canvas back upright, you will have nice long horizontal stitches. This is a trick I learned from Brenda Hart who says long horizontal stitches lay better if you turn your canvas to stitch them vertically.
Each stitch covers 8 threads except for the black stitches which are compensation stitches. Each stitch is a back stitch, which means you come up far away from you and go down next to you.* Work from right to left for the first row, starting with a red stitch. The second red stitch is three lines up from the first. The third red stitch is also three lines up above the second stitch, but the fourth stitch (in blue) is TWO LINES above the third stitch. In other words, you don't always come up three threads higher. This is a little tricky, but it offsets the row to make a pretty pattern. Because these stitches are back stitches, Brian's Steppe Stitch will put a lot of thread on the back as well as the front so make sure you have enough thread to cover the area you are using this stitch in.
Once you do the first row and are sure it is counted correctly, then you just add rows of stitches over eight following the pattern, except where you don't have enough room and have to compensate.
Enjoy the diagram and the pictures. I hope to have photographs of more finished Russian Santas for you as spring dawns and folks start to complete their Santa stitching.
Once again, many thanks to Kirstin, Susan, Carolyn and most especially Brian Shaw!
*If you are not familiar with back stitches, this will help.
Questions? Email me at chillyhollow @ hotmail.com and I'll get back to you by the next day.
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