Needlepoint technique: the diagonal basketweave stitch on mono canvas.

TechniquesThe diagonal basketweave stitch on mono canvas

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 Alphabet ABCMY Cyan Magenta Yellow
 There is no such thing as a failed experiment.
 Always look on the Bright Side of Life
 Alphabet Blues
 Never loose your sense of wonder.
 Go girl go - girlpower
 My Aunties Garden
 Size matters for stitchers
 All you need is love. And a little chocolate.
 Vogeleieren - Bird Eggs
 I have never done it before so i think i will manage
 The Crownless again shall be King
 Carpe Diem
 Life is too short for cheap wine
 History has its eyes on you
 Happiness
 Cherish those who love you with an affection that is as light to carry as it is strong to feel.
 Holland in Cross Stitch
 Though she be but little she is fierce - William Shakespeare Cross Stitch
 Happy to Love You
 Live the full life of the mind - Ernest Hemingway Cross Stitch
 Because of You
Tulipa - bulbs tulips
Madame Primula
Apple Square
Rosi Rosa
Saintpaulia Blues
Booming Blooming
Little Fellows

The diagonal basket weave method is a perfect way to make your little stitches on canvas. The yarn does cover the canvas very well, it gives a nice surface. Because the basketweave stitch takes more yarn your work will be more sturdy and have a longer life.

upward = 'up the ladder'
If the stitch to be made goes across a horizontal intersection, this stitch is then made with a horizontal needle movement, creating an upward row.
downward = 'down the pole'
The stitch to be made goes across a vertical intersection, this stitch is then made with a vertical needle movement, creating a downward row.
Stitching in diagonal rows.
The basketweave stitch is done in diagonal rows. A basketweave pattern of horizontal and vertical long stitches is created on the back. It is very important that the diagonal rows alternately go upwards and then downwards again. The top strand of fabric on the intersecion to be stitched determines the row direction: On a horizontal intersection the needle goes horizontally through the canvas, creating an upward row. On a vertical intersection the needle goes vertically through the canvas, creating a downward row. Only when changing row direction does the needle go diagonally through the canvas. This is the case for the border and outside borders of every coloured area. Below the various turning points have been drawn.
When using mono canvas, go by the rules 'up the ladder' and 'down the pole' as shown in the upper diagrams. This way you can always know which direction to go. When using interlock canvas, you have to remember or check which way to go.

 

Making a straight right side . . .

. . . and through with an upward row.


Making a straight top side . . .

. . . and through with a downward row.

Making a straight left side . . .

. . . and through with a downward row.

Making a straight bottom side . . .

. . . and through with an upward row.