Do you want to know how to stitch water in needlepoint? There is a simple stitch called a needlepoint Water Stitch. It is designed to represent flowing, wavy water and it’s very easy to do.
The needlepoint Water Stitch is an open stitch and so the idea is that some of the canvas will peek through. This also means it gobbles up the canvas more quickly than a tent stitch.
The Needlepoint Water Stitch is stitched in two parts.
You can see that you get a repetitive, “moving” stitch that looks like flowing water. The problem I have with how I have stitched the water on this canvas is the thread choice I made. I wanted a contrast with the background canvas so you could see the stitch. And I wanted a single ply thread. The thread I used in Step 1 was a Rainbow Gallery Very Velvet. But it is too thick for this stitch on the canvas. Especially when compared with the thread I chose for Step 2 – A Rainbow Gallery Flair Tubular Ribbon - which is a sheer thread. The two of them together appear unbalanced.
I like the sheer thread, and I used it because it looks a little like the froth on waves. But, if I was stitching this again (and I would be if this wasn’t just for demonstration purposes), I would choose threads of a similar weight, and I would choose threads (single or double ply) that are not too lofty. Something like a perle cotton #5 would be good. This way you get to see the threads and the design being created, and you can still get parts of the canvas peeking through.
|More needlepoint water stitch (photos and stitching courtesy of Sherrie) using a variegated thread.
||Step 2 of the needlepoint water stitch using a variegated thread to add more movement.
The needlepoint Water Stitch will be a useful stitch for your armory and I hope you get a chance to try it out soon.