Super Simple Stitching

by Ivory Soap

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Can you spot my mistake in the picture?  I’ll give you a hint.  It’s NOT the weirdo muppet face on that chick on the left.  This is the crucifixion!  What is that SUPPOSED to be on her head?  Anyone?  Bueller?  All I can see is the grinning muppet.  Anyway, I didn’t mess that up.  It’s a different mistake.

I have met many a gal that has given up stitching because it’s a hassle. I have taken up what I call monochrome relief stitching.  I am sure this kind of stitching has a real name, but I don’t know what it is.  The idea, is that you use a filet crochet pattern and stitch so the picture leaves a void.  Here’s my pattern below:



So, how can you do your own mindless, yet striking stitching?

1.  Find a cute filet crochet pattern.

2.  Choose a color and stitch in the voids with a long armed cross stitch as seen here.

3.  Outline work in another color.

As a side benefit, the kids can help.  Since there’s no complicated color change, I can let my kids stitch it one direction while I do the long arm bit coming back.  They haven’t gotten to where they want to do that part yet.

So, can anyone tell me what this is really called?  And what the heck is up with that muppet face?

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Katie January 28, 2013 at 10:57 am

I think sometimes seeing just a small part of a picture can be very confusing to the eyes- kind of like picking up a puzzle piece and you can’t really tell what is on it until you put it in its place. Don’t give up and I bet it will look fantastic. Quite an epic undertaking IMHO!

Sunshine January 28, 2013 at 11:16 am

I agree with Katie – the cross-stitch items I’ve done always look super weird until the section is finished and I look from a little distance, then it’s like a miracle!

I love the two-tone thing. Assisi Embroidery is basically that – a colored in background with the object unfilled and outlined in a different color. The older, central-european cross stitches are usually just 2 colors (a color and black) on the fabric background.

Using the crochet pattern for this is a fabulous idea-thanks!

Shawn M January 29, 2013 at 6:46 am

Sunshine is correct, it is Assisi Embroidery, also known as Voided Work Embroidery. Lots of patterns available online.

joni carney February 2, 2013 at 4:36 am

I did find your mistake. On the left on the border.

I like the idea,,,,not aeen that B/4 that I know of


gail February 2, 2013 at 4:36 am

Just a little reverse stitching will do the trip. And did you know that the Amish always place, on purpose a small mistake in their quilts, because as they say “only God is perfect”
Blessings Gail

gail February 2, 2013 at 4:38 am

p.s. that was meant to be trick not trip!
Blessings Gail

Janey February 2, 2013 at 11:04 am

You left out the flower in the left side border.

Bonnie Jean February 2, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Yes, the “mistake” is in the border. If my memory serves me right, didn’t the Amish women used to make an un even stitch in their quilts as the only perfection was with God? I crochet with filet work, it’s fun to see the pictures take shape!
Beautiful work!

Sarah February 2, 2013 at 2:13 pm

If I were Amish I would never have leave a “mistake” on purpose. My crafts are always full of them!

Stephanie February 2, 2013 at 9:02 pm

I think the muppet face lady is looking up at Jesus and the muppet mouth is her jawline. I guess a nose or mouth would be hard to show. Really pretty though.

Patricia Nichols February 4, 2013 at 6:40 pm

It is true about leaving a mistake on purpose in Amish pieces. And I have to say…the work is coming along rather nicely….I honestly don’t even see a muppet face in it….maybe you’ve just been staring at it too long. LOL I am a painter….and I often do that when I work on abstract pieces… that will often drive me NUTTY if I stay too long on them without a break ..(as in days)..I begin to see things that aren’t quite there…Once I step back for a few days. Take a break. Clear my mind…then go back…those visions are gone and everything is fine, fresh and wonderful again. 🙂 Just an artist’s silly opinion. I think your work is very beautiful!

Linda March 3, 2013 at 4:24 pm

This is nice! Well done. I think this pattern could be used for LaceNet Darning also. Looks nearly the same! I went to look up the stitch you mentioned and it’s now in my stitching book

Wonderful piece to have for Easter or year round. Good job!

Erin May 17, 2013 at 9:55 pm

OK I’m trying and trying to figure out the muppet face… but the longer I stare, the more I just see Yoshi…

Erin May 17, 2013 at 9:57 pm

I meant to add, your stitching is beautiful, what patience that must take! (said the knitter.)

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