Cross stitch or tapestry?

Date Added: 05/07/2015
Hi Folks!
If it's true that Cross stitch has lately become more and more famous - most probably thanks also to the irresistible charm of hundreds models to stitch, in as many styles - there's also another kind of needlework that's deeply rooted in the tradition of a number of countries. So much that it was already "global", much earlier than the advent of this definition as we know that now! We're talking of Tapestry!

Maybe not everybody knows that - as a matter of fact - tapestry is just half cross stitch and the differences between the two typologies of embroidery are to be found basically in the materials used to stitch: Aida and evenweave fabrics, with flax first of all, and stranded cotton floss in the instance of cross stitch; Penelope canvas and soft cotton or wool threads, when it comes on tapestry.

However, stitching is exactly the same: you just start with your needle from the lower, left side and create a simple oblique stitch (like a common slash /), by pointing your needle up above, on the right. The slash is exactly te first part of any cross stitch, besides - of course - the "half point" characterizing tapestry 

Through the years, tapestry has kept unaltered its feature as a needlework to be carried out on the typical pre-printed canvases, we were already used to as we were kids.

The model is actually printed on the Penelope canvas, which is then to be "filled out" with the embroidery, by simply following the colors.
Anyway, needlepoint has recently experienced an actual revival, thanks also to the decision of several fashion designers (among them, the world famous, Italian Dolce & Gabbana) of using it as the subject of complete lines of accessories, such as wonderful bags, with an extraordinary vintage touch!

So, why not following the inspiration of these fashion masters?
A cut of Penelope canvas, which is of course available also plain, with no prints: 
Penelope Canvas White
Penelope Canvas Brown
some matt, soft cotton floss, like this one: DMC Soft Cotton or even the traditional stranded cotton, to be used with all its 6 strands, in this case, maybe in pastel shades, so perfect in Spring, or in the orange, yellow and red colors that are typical in Summer, and our favorite model, will be enough to free our creative flair and stitch something fast, to then create a very personal bag, perfect for the many happy hours in the open air that we're planning 

And don't forget that any cross stitch pattern can be stitched as a tapestry model!!!

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