A Star is Born combines an 8-pointed star with a mitered background to create a lovely ornament or box top. You can use any threads that work on 18-count canvas. Changing the thread will change the whole look of the piece! This is a nice way to try new threads so you can see what theyre like to work with and how they look when finished.
Choosing your threads for this project is a lot of fun! With a couple of exceptions noted below, you can use any thread that covers 18-count canvas for any area.
- Thread 1 is used for the center star.
- Thread 2 is used for the mitered rows of Framed Diagonal Mosaic.
- Thread 3 is used for the Tent Stitches that frame the Diagonal Mosaic.
- Thread 2 or Thread 3 is used for the Double Straight Cross in the center of the star.
The following threads may be used as they come out of the spool or skein:
|#16 Kreinik braid||Gold Rush 18||Patina||Shimmer Ribbon|
|#5 pearl cotton||JL Walsh Silk n Wool||Rachel||Silk Serica|
|1/16" Kreinik ribbon||Madras||Rachelette||Spring II|
|Arctic Rays||Marlitt||Rainbow Cashmere||Sprinkles|
|Charleston||Neon Rays||Ribbon Floss||Trebizond|
|Flair||Overdyed pearl #5||Shimmer|
Use partial or multiple strands (not as it comes from the card or skein) of the following threads.
|Felicity's Garden||Rainbow Linen||Silk n Colors||Waterlilies|
|Overdyed floss||Sheep's Silk||Watercolours|
The model shown above on the left used red Charleston (418) for Thread 1, white #5 pearl cotton for Thread 2, and gold (002) #16 Kreinik braid for Thread 3.
The model in the center used White Neon Rays (N02) for Thread 1, Emerald Watercolours (065) for Thread 2, and silver (001) #16 braid for Thread 3.
The model on the right used Amethyst Watercolours (006) for Thread 1, antique violet DMC #5 pearl cotton (3042) for Thread 2, and lilac (023) #16 Kreinik braid for Thread 3.
Charleston, 1/16" Kreinik Ribbon, Rachelette, and RibbonFloss are most effectively used as Thread 1.
Find the center of your canvas and count 8 threads down to begin the innermost level of the star. Use Thread 1 and work four levels as shown on the Eight-Pointed Star Chart. The gray square represents the center of your canvas. Follow the numbers carefully.
Using Threads 2 and 3 work the rows of Framed Diagonal Mosaic. I found it easiest to start at the lower left diagonal point of the star and work 16 tent stitches with Thread 3 along the diagonal. Refer to Master Chart. This establishes the outside corner of the design and simplifies counting. Work alternate rows of Diagonal Mosaic with Thread 2 (Step 2) and Diagonal Tent stitch with Thread 3 (Step 1).
Place a Double Straight Cross in the center of the star. Use Thread 2 or Thread 3. I picked the one that contrasted the most with Thread 1.
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