Practice these stitches with three ply Caron's Watercolours in your
favorite color on ten mesh canvas. You will need a #18 tapestry needle,
a needle threader and a pair of child safe scissors.
Gobelin is a fancy name for a straight stitch. In needlepoint,
straight stitches stand next to each other.
GOBELINS CAN BE SMALL.
GOBELINS CAN BE TALL.
Gobelins can walk next to each other like soldiers.
Gobelins can stack just like pancakes.
When you stitch gobelins, you must be very careful to
stay in the same ditch of holes on the canvas.
Good for You ------ ---------- -------Whoops! -------
See if you can work several rows of small gobelins
Now try several gobelins that are tall.
Sometimes you can stitch a tall gobelin next to a small gobelin. This is called a Parisian
Notice that the small gobelin fits right in the middle of the tall gobelin. This stitch looks a little bit
like a railroad track. Maybe this railroad track will take us all the way
Want to try a second row of the Parisian stitch?
The small gobelin
in the second row holds hands with the tall gobelin in the first row.
Remember that the tall gobelins are over five holes in the canvas. The hole you
come up in is hole number one. The hole
you go down in is number five.
Did you notice that small gobelins are stitched over three holes?
Three holes and five holes are the magic
numbers for the Parisian stitch.
Now letís match two small gobelins
with one tall gobelin.
This pattern is called a Hungarian. Work a small, tall, small gobelin pattern. Then skip a ditch
small, tall, small, skip, small, tall, small, skip, small, tall,
Look at you . . . you are dancing the Hungarian.
Are you ready for a challenge?
The second row of the Hungarian is a little tricky.
The Hungarian stitch looks like a diamond flower. What is your
favorite flower color
The tall gobelin in the second row will fit into the skip place
from the first row. The small gobelins from each row hold hands.
Remember, once you get going, the pattern is still the same
small, tall, small, skip
This is a challenging stitch. If you are having difficulty with
the second row, save it for later
Needlepoint stitching is so tiny it takes a long time. You might
have to rest a little after working on this part of your sampler.
WHEN YOU GET TO THIS PAGE, YOU WILL BE A CHAMPION, FIRST
CLASS, MARVELOUSLY WONDERFUL, FANTASTIC AND SIMPLY GREAT NEEDLEPOINTER!
I am so proud of you!
And now about June McKnight
and her new kids book.
A tiny child sat cross-legged on the floor near her mother. Even though
she was barely three years old, she was already being welcomed into the
sorority of stitchers who were her mother's dearest friends. Weekly this
group would gather and this little girl would try to make something as
beautiful as the creations her mother and her friends made. Although this
youngster was awkward at this mysterious ritual, she instinctively understood
that she had to practice and concentrate. Perhaps with determination, this
nearly impossible task might become as pleasurable for her as it seemed
to be for the others around her.
This child was June McKnight. What she believed so long ago about determination
has proven to be true. Today, five decades later, the needlework industry
has lovingly dubbed June "the stitch goddess" because of her
teaching abilities and her literary endeavors in creating technical stitchery
books. Needles, thread, family and friends have woven the tapestry of her
After ten years as a secondary school teacher of English and Drama,
June shifted gears and opened a tiny needlework shop. It was a perfect
second career for her and "Black Sheep Needlework" was a wonderful
creative haven for one and a half years. After her husband accepted a job
in California and they settled in, June began to miss the challenge of
the store. A similar opportunity presented itself and she again became
a proprietress. This time, there were other needlework shops in the area,
so she strove to make her's unique. She also began to design and teach.
Within eight years, her reputation as a teacher exceeded that of her as
a shopkeeper. June went on the road, preaching the needlework gospel like
the missionaries of old.
To help her students, she wrote a manual of stitches. Because of her
involvement with Erico of California, a needlework company, orders began
to be placed for this self-published booklet. Another friend with a graphic
design business, Jacki McDowell, transformed this manual into a slick book
which was printed by a Silicon Valley firm. Within months orders were flowing
in like magic. Since Erico could not keep up with the volume of orders,
it was suggested that June begin her own wholesale book business. June
had just completed her second and third stitch books, so it was the ideal
time to become a publisher. To date, she has completed nine needlework
books including one for children called Needlepoint For Kids. The
children's project that appears below is a sample from this new book.
June admits to being a workaholic and constantly strives to find a balance
between work and play. Her philosophy is: "All we can do in life is
do the best we can with what we are given. And along the way, hopefully,
we have taken enough time to laugh, to hug, and in my case, to write and
stitch...If an awkward young embroiderer can become a 'stitch goddess'
than, indeed, all things are possible."
For a list of June McKnight's needlepoint books and how to order
them please e-mail her at JuneMck@aol.com or write to her at 612 Lighthouse
Ave., Pacific Grove, CA. 93950
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