This is the title of local artist, Suzanne Scott’s offer to help us get through the Coronavirus lockdown. Suzanne Scott is an artist and illustrator based in Dundee working under the name WhimSicAL LusH. She has kindly made available one of her lovely drawings as a download. You can do what you like with the outline, though most people will probably draw or paint something. I of course, not able to draw or paint, decided to turn this into an embroidery project. Here it is.
As you can see I went for Blackwork motifs for the embroidery. I used five different traditional motifs. For the house front I made up something to give an impression of bricks.
The fabric is a 28 count Brittney in orchid. The threads are a mixture of DMC and Anchor cotton. To add a bit of texture the stitching varied from one, two or three strands of the cotton. The outline of the door was stitched with heavy chain stitch. For the triangular windows I used a stem stitch for the outline. Stem stitch was also used for the black outlines.
I very much enjoyed this challenge and am pretty pleased with the result. I may add a bit more green to the bottom, or perhaps outline a path to the door. But basically not much will change. As usual Blackwork is pretty slow work and this piece took me 22 hours just for the stitching. But a very pleasant way to pass the time.
If you would like to try your own version the download is still available on the WhimSicAL LusH site, where you can see some of the other contributions. Happy stitching.