My latest project featured another pattern from the DMC book on Turkish Embroideries. This time I have adapted a design from Albania, originally part of the trimming for a towel. As with the previous piece from Bosnia, I restricted myself to two colours. Here is the finished work.
The fabric is a 18ct Aida in pale green. The main colour is yellow, though this time I chose a variegated thread, Saffron, from the Caron Watercolours range. This is a 3 ply pima cotton and I used one strand throughout. The contrasting colour this time is a dark azuline silk from the Soie d’Alger range. I ended up using four of the seven strands to get the degree of thickness I wanted.
Most of the stitching is very simple with straight vertical or horizontal stitches predominating, along with some diagonal stitches. The one new stitch for me was an openwork cross stitch. This fills the very dense and slightly raised sections of the piece. The stitch is worked first vertically and then horizontally. In the photos of this stitch the threads are pulled tight, leaving gaps in the fabric to produce the openwork effect. This did not work with the Aida fabric, but I continued with the stitch as the slightly raised finish added to the overall design. In the book the fabric recommended is a tammy cloth, whatever that is! Way before my time.
I enjoyed stitching this and look forward to choosing another design from the book.