I know it probably sounds cliché, but the best way to learn new stitches is just to try them out. When I was beginning to play around with decorative stitches, I would try a bunch out in the selvage around the canvas before jumping in and stitching right on the design itself.
But sometimes even after that, finding the right canvas to try them out on can be tricky. You need to make sure you have enough space to get a good repeat of the stitch in and won’t have to do a lot of compensating. That way you can get a good rhythm going while you stitch and really master that particular technique.
That’s one of the reasons that we worked to put together these two darling lightbulb kits. Each kit includes three lightbulb canvases and specially selected threads in a variety of textures and finishes, including metallics, silks, cotton and overdyes. Each light bulb is a different stitch so you have lots of area to get comfortable with it. A great project for beginners and advanced stitchers alike.
We finished our lightbulbs as a garland all strung together. But, they would be a great project for anyone who stitches one ornament to gift to children or friends each year.
The kits are $95 each and also include access to online class videos that never expire.