Today, we will complete the design by stitching a border. In my stitched model below, I used a lime green. The colors for this model are a little unusual for me, but I think they look good together.
I did this border with 6 strands of floss, and it looks a little heavy. You could choose to use 4 strands if you prefer. It will still cover nicely. Gobelin was used for the top, bottom and sides. The slanted lines are done in backstitch over 2 threads.
Starting at one of the corners of the squares done on point. Count up 4 threads and make the first Gobelin stitch, going down and left over 2 diagonal intersections. When you complete 10 Gobelin stitches start the first of the slanted lines. The first stitch starts 1 thread below where you started the last Gobelin stitch and goes over two intersections. The second stitch starts 1 thread to the left of where the first slanted stitch ended and goes down under the last Gobelin stitch. You will do a total of 5 backstitches over 2 threads. For the second slanted line, you will need to add a compensation stitch over 1 thread to make the lines equal. Turn the canvas a quarter turn and do 21 Gobelin stitches, then the slanted lines again. (Note: The first two Gobelin stitches will go down in the same holes as the last slanted backstitches.) Continue around the tile turning your canvas as you go, ending with Gobelin stitches to complete the first side which was only half done when you started.
If you are using colored canvas, you don’t need to stitch the background. Your tile is completed.
If you are using white canvas, or want the background stitched, you can fill in the background now using the Basketweave stitch. I prefer to stitch the inside of the boxes first and then the space between the boxes and the border. Be sure to have the Basketweave stitches slant in the same direction as the box stitches to make it easier to stitch. When you get to the area around the arms, you find that two arms have stitches going in the wrong direction. To stitch around them, just do a stitch that goes in the same holes as the longer (over 2 threads) Mosaic stitches. Ignore the Mosaic stitches done over 1 thread. They don’t need to be covered. It’s only a half space (more or less) and won’t be noticed. My completed model is below.
Tomorrow I’ll show you how it would look if you repeated the design to cover a larger area of canvas.