I am thoroughly enjoying working on Twister, a needlepoint piece by Patricia Spence. I have done one of the qaudrants and started on the second, although I haven’t done the very central square yet. I am going to leave those to last so that I can try out various ways of doing them to see the overall effect. I suspect that those central squares will have a big impact on the twister effect in the finished piece.
The pattern has several stitches repeated in various wedges, but I am trying to do it with without any repeats at all. Of course there will be many variations on a theme, for example I will do Byzantine stitch over 3 threads with each step over 4 as well as over 6 threads. However, I am keeping to the designer’s plan of all the stitching being diagonal stitches only, satin stitching only (if tent stitch can be considered a satin stitch, LOL). So no crossed stitches at all. That results in a real play of light on the piece, which is my favourite thing about textured needelpoint, and it is simply amazing how different many of the patterns are.
I am great fun making up new patterns consisting of diagonal stitches only. One of my favourites is in the quadrant I am doing now, the third green from the right. And the brown section currently in progress is also one that I have made up. That’s not to say they have never been done before – I am sure someone else has also made them up, but I haven’t copied them from a pattern. You can see them life-size by clicking on the photos to go to Flkickr, then choosing “All Sizes”.