Satin stitch is fast becoming a favourite as I worked it this week.
Admittedly it can become a bit tiresome and monotonous, but the end results are worth it (mostly). Of course, as I went on with my piece I learned things. Firstly, I wish I had done the berries in a straight colour and not variegated. The variegation has to be very subtle and this one turned out not to be. I should have quit after berry No. 1, but no. In the end, there was no way I was going to pull them out and start again as I was very happy with the working of them. Also, a hoop is essential. Shirley’s
Importantly, satin stitch is a stitch that cannot be rushed. Each stitch demands patience and time.. Thus it has taken me almost the whole week staying up late each night.
The thread I used in the leaf is a hand dyed cotton from Stef Francis. I loved the way it sat, and it has a lovely sheen to it too. The border is some of Shirley’s No 5 perle – 3 strands couched down with three satin stitches every half inch or so. I am helping Shirley reduce her thread stash
On the left is the inspiration for my piece. It comes from a book Shirley picked up at the local Lifeline shop, simply called “Embroidery” – over forty embroidery projects for you and your home – Introduction by Una Stubbs. It is from the 1980’s.
Sharon B has some wonderful highlights of satin stitch on her ‘browse’ post HERE and also there are many more examples on her TAST week 14 page HERE (go to the comments section and follow people’s links – some amazing eye candy)
I have a second piece of satin stitch I have started so will continue that in the background in the coming weeks.
I have also been busy in the sewing room over Easter, but much of what I have done is secret quilting business, so can’t share right now.
Off to the coast tomorrow for about 5 days, so no internet