I mentioned making towels using the stitches from the black work, simplified. Here you go!
First I whipped out the PC Stitch program and laid out a few simple ones to see what I could do...
Any of these can be used alone or combined to make new pattern and you can use any colors you wish to coordinate with your kitchen or bath.
I made these towels 1 1/2" by 2 1/2" for kitchen towels.
They can be made on any count even weave. The finer the better for scale. Again I used the 32 count.
Here are three of the stitches and as you can see, they are either straight running stitches over and under a count of two or four threads or diagonal stitches over two threads.
The first one is simply alternating the needle under four threads, top and bottom and moving two threads over each time.
The second is two rows of running stitches, two over and two under. Then the third time all of the stitches are run diagonally under two threads to connect the other ones.
The third one is all vertical stitches on the back side, causing diagonals on the front. I did this in two rows.The other two are simply running stitches and cross stitches.I marked out the size of the towels on the fabric and then just kept stitching across, one at a time.
When I was finished, I turned them over and ran white glue along the cutting lines on the back. When It was partially dry, I cut them carefully on the lines.I will fold them all in thirds, lengthwise, like the one on the top. Yes. It is glued...Lightly. It can easily be pulled apart to hang over a towel rack.
Now go find some even weave scraps and a little floss and have at it! It's fun to see what you can come up with.
See you tomorrow.