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29 September 2017

Bullions are not my Bete Noire

Bullion stitches are beautiful. I have not had much occasion to use bullion stitches so I'm not that great at executing them.

It took a while for my left-handed brain to visualise how to make the stitch. I'm used to reversing right-handed stitch diagrams, but it took me a while to get a handle on bullions. Once I did things got a lot easier. I still require more practice, but I can make decent bullions.

A few years ago, I wanted to force myself to work on these stitches and found this little kit from Roseworks.

Elizabethan Window (by Roseworks): Project contents

08 September 2017

Crawling Crewel

I like this little Elsa Williams crewel sampler, but it's taking way too long to make progress. I think I should have been done with it ages ago! I feel like I'm crawling.

I enjoyed stitching the most recently finished motif. It has purple which is always good!

Crewel Sampler (by Elsa Williams): Blue trellis

01 September 2017

The Berlin Bunny

Embroidery designer Tanja Berlin has a wonderful thread painting kit called Wild Rabbit. I remember when she first started showing photos of the design as a work-in-progress. I asked her many times when it would become available as a kit. Unfortunately, for me, the rabbit was a teaching project so couldn't be released as a kit until the classes had run their course. I waited very impatiently and it felt like decades!

Detail of thread painted rabbit (head) from Tanja Berlin's 'Wild Rabbit'