When I first visited Mary (before taking over the business) she was kitting a canvas by Sandi Garris called “Block Party”. I must say, she wasn’t very pleased.
As you can see, Block Party by JulieMar & Friends has dozens of different colors and shades of the same color in small one to three inch segments. “Why didn’t we call this a stash buster?” Mary asked. A stash buster, I thought, what the heck is that! Well, it took me a while, but I figured out that a stash buster is a canvas that has lots of different colors in small amounts-- perfect to use up your stash of threads.
A stash buster can be geometric or floral, large or small; any canvas that has lots of color qualifies. There are no rules about the type of thread to use - so use up all different types: cotton silk or wool.
Trish & I also have referred to some canvases as "Partial Stash Busters". A partial stash buster is a needlepoint canvas that has lots of mixed color except the central figure, or a dominant background. Love Horse by UniqueNZ Designs is a perfect example of both.
Pictured above German Shepherd #PDW416 by JulieMar; Seaside Resort #1000 by Purple Palm;
No wake Zone #015 by Purple Palm and Arabesque #SC255 by Sally Corey.
And, unlike a realistic dog or cat, or an image of your home, it really doesn’t matter if the color is off a shade.
Golden by Steven Fowler #109
The only hitch – make sure you use the appropriate grade thread for the size mesh. You don’t want to use Heavy wool for 18 mesh or it’ll bunch, or Bella Lusso for 13 – just too thin. Not sure, just ask.
Be creative – mix your wool and silk – add some left over kreinik or cotton. And, stitch, stitch, stitch.
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