Finger Step Designs
by Susan Jones

Stitching Inside The Box

"Thinking outside the box" is an expression used to describe opening the mind to new ways of looking at and doing things. Sometimes, however, you can release creativity by setting limits, by challenging solutions within a framework.

Designing your own sampler bands or patterns can seem like an overwhelming task. This book presents a way to be creative by setting limits. All stitches are stitched inside the box, except that the box is turned 45 degrees, making it a diamond (a 12 thread by 12 thread diamond). You can use any number of boxes (diamonds) and stitch them (or not) in any way you want as long as you "stitch inside the box."

These stitched boxes can be fitted into shapes (circle, heart, egg or square), used as backgrounds or patterns in other designs, or stitched as bands in your own samplers. These techniques can be used for both needlepoint and cross stitch designs.

Stitching Inside The Box
Stitching Inside The Box

See a quilt block sampler stitched using two color families
that shows how you can make patterns to simulate quilt fabrics.

© 2008 Finger Step Designs by Susan Jones
Custom House of Needle Arts - Glastonbury, CT 06033