After a short break holidaying with Emma and Alessio I have got well and truly back into embroidery. My first project was to stitch another Heart shape. Here is the finished article.
It is the same design as the first one, which you can see here. This time with different colours, threads and different Blackwork patterns. The fabric is a 32ct Murano in sky blue. I used two different threads for this, both in silk. The outer heart is stitched in Cotton Candy pink, one of the Glissen Gloss Colorwash range of Japanese silk threads. The inner heart is stitched with Soie d’Alger threads from France in blue.
I used three Blackwork patterns for the outer heart – octagons, open honeycomb and tulips. The Colorwash silk is a 12 stranded very fine variegated silk. For the stitching I switched between two, four and six strands to vary the surface look.
The Soie d’Alger silk comes in seven strands and I used just two thicknesses for the inner heart – one and two strands. Small diamonds was the pattern I chose for this section. The outlines of the two hearts is a simple stem stitch using two strands of the Colorwash and one strand of the Soie d’Alger.
The fine Murano fabric calls for pretty detailed stitching, and this piece took me nearly 30 hours of work to complete. Slow, but very enjoyable work!