A new wave

needlepoint beach bike
Stitched by Cheryl Roler Timko


A few months ago, I came across this interesting stitch effect in Sheena’s Sweet Stitches blog.  This blog’s a terrific resource for needlepointers.

I particularly loved the trompe-l’œil effect of a windswept sandy beach —— achieved by using over-dyed thread, combined with a nifty stitch pattern.

I took a trial stab at it earlier today, using Threadworx V194 silk. This is what I came up with:

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Here’s how I stitched it.

First of all, if you look at the diagram, I divided things into alternating areas, A, and B.

Then the stitching itself goes like this:

Area A
(7 rows)

a. Stitch over 5 canvas threads, then 4, then 5, and repeat 5, 4, 5, 4…. till the end of your row.

b. Start the next row in 1 canvas thread to the left from the above row.

c. Repeat 5, 4, 5, till the end of your row.

d. Repeat until you have filled the 7 rows of your Section A.

Area B
(8 rows)

a. Start your row on the 3rd canvas thread to the left from the above row.

b. Stitch 5, 4, 5, till end of row.

c. Repeat 7 times.

Courtesy Cheryl Roler Timko
Photo courtesy Cheryl Roler Timko

Area A

Repeat as above, 7 rows.

That’s not too difficult, and it’s actually kind of fun.

One thing I did notice is that this particular stitch uses a lot of thread.

Something else to keep in mind is that this design leaves the background interpretation up to the stitcher.

In Cheryl’s case, she added the ocean, sky, and to top it off, she attached little seashell brads.

I liked her framed masterpiece so much I ordered this canvas for the store.

You can buy it here!


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2 thoughts on “A new wave

  1. Thanks for the lovely write up about my blog “Sheena’s Sweet Stitces”! Just found your site via my friend Tess 😉

    1. I love your blog–I tell a lot of my customers to visit!

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