I was just reading Jo Ippolito Christensen’s book The Needlepoint Book and looking up what she has to say about the Rhodes Stitch. I quote: “Compensating stitches are pretty much impossible.” Is this true?
Well, let’s take a look at the stitch:
This is just one example of the Rhodes Stitch, the size and shape can be changed easily, making it a very versatile stitch. A lot of people like to use Rhodes stitches in their work because it offers a great deal of texture.
Let’s try to compensate this stitch:
|First Step in Compensation|
The first step is to try to block out the area that is not to be stitched - I am blocking out the upper right hand corner of the stitch. I then pull back those affected lines (lines 1-2, 3-4, 17-18 and 19-20) to determine what holes they should go through instead, as shown below.
|Compensated Rhodes Stitch|
Will this work? We won’t know how really successful this compensation is until we stitch it.
Here is a sample of the original stitch and a sample of a compensated stitch:
|Side by Side Comparison - Rhodes Stitch and Compensated Rhodes Stitch|
Looks pretty good, right?
Remember what we need to look at: the angle of the stitched lines. I’ve pointed out two lines for you to look at and I’ve also placed a rectangle over the top of the full Rhodes stitch to highlight where the compensation took place.
|Compare the Two Stitches|
The comparison at the top of the stitch looks at where #6 from the diagram is in the regular Rhodes and in the compensated Rhodes. There is a different angle for this stitch due to the pull that stitches 17-18 and 19-20 places on the stitch 5-6. Do you see the extra bit of canvas showing between the 5-6 and 7-8 stitches?
The comparison at the bottom looks at the angle of the last two stitches. The compensated stitch shows both stitches, 17-18 and 19-20 side by side, while in the original Rhodes stitch they are not side by side, but 17-18 is nearly covered by 19-20.
So, for this square Rhodes stitch, I’d say Jo Ippolito Christensen is correct, compensation is problematic.