Stitching project completed!

I have now finished stitching the project I was working on. It is not as large as I had originally anticipated. Mainly due to the fact that I ran out of wool threads in the colours I needed. Still got plenty of yellows, reds, orange and greens, but these did not fit into my colour scheme. Will have to use them for another project. Here is the finished piece.IMG_1873

It is still a square, just not as large as anticipated. It is really just a largish sampler of diagonal stitches. One pleasing thing for me is that I finally got round to trying out some stitches for the first time. Some are very common, but new to me. The reversed sloping gobelin for example, which is in the middle of the outer layer. I also kind of adapted a straight stitch. This is the lozenge stitch, which is a vertical stitch in my stitch guide. Here I changed it to a diagonal stitch, which appears in two of the outer corners with the dark blue threads. The other outer corners feature a variation of the milanese stitch. Though here it just looks like a series of diagonal cushion stitches.

The real discovery for me was the nobuko stitch, which I found on The nobuko stitch comes in two variations, both of which I used on the project. The basic version consists of a short, one step diagonal stitch, followed by a longer, three step diagonal. This can be seen to the left of the central blue section in pink and purple. The variation is the double alternating nobuko stitch. The big change is that there are two of each step and alternate rows are stitched in reverse. This stitch appears to the right of the central blue section and is stitched in green and pink.

Overall I am quite pleased with the outcome, though as usual I have no idea what to do with the finished piece. Luckily it rolls up quite nicely. My next project is a complete change in both scale, fabric and thread. I plan to work on my second fabric postcard, using a 28ct Brittney fabric in pine green. Wish me luck!


Back to Stitching

After a brief gap while on holiday in Switzerland, I am back again stitching. This time the project is a bit of a filler, in all senses. I want to use up most of what remains of my stash of Paternayan Persian wool. I also wanted to use some of the Caron Watercolours that have been lying around for a couple of years or more.  The project itself is a kind of sampler, as I will use a variety of diagonal stitches. There is no design as such, though I plan to end up with a 50cmx50cm canvass. Here is the current state of play.IMG_1819I am using a 10ct penelope canvass for this piece. The central square is a Jacquard stitch mainly in Iris Watercolour with wool for the thin line. The outer squares are stitched with the Milanese stitch in Fuchsia from the Watercolour range. As luck would have it, I ran out of both the Iris and Fuchsia threads, so had to order more. So much for using up old stash!

For the rest I am limiting myself to pinks, violets and fuchsia colours in the Persian wool, with a bit of blue to go with the Iris thread. So far so good. I have just about completed a 24cmx24cm square, which is less than half my intended goal. Hope I can keep up the momentum and inspiration for the rest!


Thistles and Things

I have now finished stitching the project which features thistles and other things. I wanted to do something with thistles and to complement the thistles I have included a variety of other plant like shapes. Most of them are adaptations of ideas I came across in books or via the internet. The overall composition is mine, as is the colour scheme, the choice of threads, fabric and the range of stitches. Here is the finished piece.IMG_0753

The fabric for this project is called Orchid Haze, made of 100% linen. It is from the Eden range of linen fabrics made by Wemyss. I am very pleased to have come across these linens as the company was originally founded in the village of East Wemyss in Fife, hence the name. It is now based in Dundee, so is even more local. The whole piece was stitched with Paternayan Persian wool. Most of the shapes were stitched in various shades of lavender, violet and fuchsia, with a bit of blue and green added for contrast. The stems were mostly in greens, with a couple in pink.

It was great fun to stitch this piece, as I tried to use as many stitch patterns as possible, while keeping to a balanced composition. I have now become quite fond of padded satin stitch, which features in quite a few of the shapes. Bokara couching and pearl stitch were two of the stitches which I used for the first time. There is a close up photo of the thistle design in a previous post. Below are close ups of some of the other designs.IMG_0754 IMG_0755 IMG_0756 IMG_0757

A Red Sea

I have now finished stitching my latest embroidery piece, which I have entitled, A Red Sea, for obvious reasons. The fabric is a bright coral red linen, and this time I strengthened the fabric by adding an iron-on fabric to the back. This has made such a difference to stitching with wool. Any mistakes or irregularities are mine alone this time around.  Here is the finished work.  IMG_0652

I used one strand of Paternayan Persian wool for just about everything. A couple of the sea plants were stitched with two strands. Four shades of blue were used for the fishes and the whales, with a bit of purple here and there. Two of the fishes feature a section in satin blocks in various colours, but blues predominate.  While four shades of green plus a little red were used for the sea plants.

This project is as much a sampler as anything, as I used it to try out a variety of new stitches. These included trellis and wave stitch, spider’s web, blanket stitch, coral stitch and many others. I finally got round to experimenting with some of the knot stitches – French, Danish, pistil and bullion. With the backing fabric it was easy to work with the wool threads.

As ever, I am not sure what to do with the piece now that it is stitched. Ideally I would like to attach it to some driftwood and perhaps add a shell or two, to keep in with the fishy theme. I am slowly and intermittently progressing with the RSN Blackwork piece. Happy stitching.

Mangenturm Lindau – Latest Bargello Project

I have now completed my latest stitching project.  This is another Bargello design and is based on the wonderful steeple like roof of the Mangenturm in Lindau.  We visited Lindau in Bavaria last year and it is full of lovely old buildings.  But the roof of the Mangenturm really stood out and its geometrical pattern made it ideal for a stitching project.  The Mangenturm (cannot find any translation for what Mangen means here – anyone know?) was originally a medieval lighthouse by the harbour.  Below is a photo of the tower and one showing a detail of the tiles on the roof.


Anyway I used the colours and the pattern of the roof tiles as the basis for this little Bargello project.  I wanted to use Paterna Persian wool for this piece, but my usual supplier has run out of black.  So I had to substitute Appleton wool instead.  Just for the black, the other colours are in Persian wool.  Due to the need to use Appleton wool I had to adjust the number of strands I used.  It was pretty much impossible to get an exact match between the strands of the Appleton and the Paterna threads.  I ended up using one strand of Paterna and three strands from a 4 ply Appleton.  A bit messy getting one of the Appleton strands to separate, but I persevered.  The fabric is a 14ct white interlock canvass.  This is the first time I have used this size of canvass and I enjoyed working with this size.  Here is the completed piece.  I now need to get out on the beach and augment my collection of driftwood as I intend to hang this piece from bits of driftwood.