The CyberPointers Chapter of ANG, of which I am a member, came up with an idea to make houses stitched by members of the various Special Interest Groups. I belong to the Hilton SIG. Luckily, the project stalled & I finally had time to stitch the house I had designed when the project was first announced. So, I’d like to welcome you to The Helen Ashland House, composed of stitches from Needlepoint Stitches by Jean Hilton.
18-count canvas, ecru; 10 x 10 stretcher bars; #22 and #24 tapestry needles
|ThreadworX – 11212||Outline of house and door||Half Cross||36|
|Watercolours – 218 Ash||Body of house||Ashland Stitch||36|
|Wildflowers – 118 Opal||Space between outline of house||Smyrna||36|
|Wildflowers – 118 Opal||Area around large upstairs window||Smyrna||36|
|Wildflowers – 118 Opal||Windows in door||Small Jessica||9|
|Wildflowers – 118 Opal||Inner circle of upstairs window||Small Jessica||9|
|Wildflowers – 118 Opal||Door||Elongated Smyrna||45|
|Wildflowers – 118 Opal||Lunette, the half-moon space above door||Sprat’s Head, Flat Top||55|
|Vineyard Silk Shimmer – S-537||Outer circle of upstairs window||Large Jessica||9|
|Watercolours – 251 Sunflower Seed||Trees||Offset Scotch||38|
|Watercolours – 228 Honeydew||Grass turf (bottom layer)||Tent Stitch|
|ThreadworX – 10471||Grass blades (top layer)||Wrapped Coils||33|
|Flair – F502||White sheer window curtains||Straight Stitch|
|River Silks 4 mm Ribbon – 237 Brown||Brown window drapes||Oval Jessica, 1 around only*||9|
|Pebbly Perle – P061||Blue sky||Helen’s Lace||22|
|Watercolours – 256 Barely Blue||White clouds||Helen’s Lace||22|
* From Needlepoint Stitches by Jean Hilton; Some were modified to fit the available space.
** More familiarly known as the Crescent Stitch from Stimulating Stitches by Jean Hilton (page 9).
The 2 predominant stitches are Helen’s Lace for the cloudy sky & the Ashland Stitch for the body of the house. That Ashland stitch is tricky especially because I was using an overdyed thread & didn’t want it to get streaky. I would probably do the sky again in a more thread-blended fashion. But, I like the movement the pattern gives to the clouds.