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I’ve had flu for the first time in years and it’s been a bugger to shift, so my involvement at last Saturday’s Scunthorpe Embroiderers’ Guild meeting was limited to sneaking in half way through the afternoon to hand over Val’s Travelling Book and pick up Sandra’s, staying by the door and keeping my germs well out of the way. Everyone looked like they were happily stitching though, so I hope a good time was had by all.

For Val’s book page I worked a piece inspired by the work of Sue Spargo. I bought some gorgeous heavyweight pure wool felt before Christmas and cut simple leaf shapes in a soft green to go on a cream ground. I wanted to use the uncluttered shapes to showcase the embroidery, particularly new stitches.

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Then I got out a whole pile of books on embroidery stitches and started to stitch! The blanket stitch round the outside of the first leaf is actually called Berwick Stitch in the book I used and is a blanket stitch with a sort of added french knot where the needle enters the background fabric. Very nice to work and the knot gives a lovely finish. Then a row of running stitch and the dark green is twisted chain.

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After I’d worked the line of twisted chain I felt the gap was too big between it and the running stitch, so I added a row of split stitch in variegated perle. Inside the twisted chain I stitched a row of whipped running stitch before finishing it off with a row of closed fly stitch.

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Leaf two was held down with Knotted Buttonhole Stitch. It’s a lovely looking stitch but working the knots at the start took a bit of practise. Then a neat row of chain inside that.

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I wasn’t happy with the lone line of running stitch on the first leaf so at this point I went back and whipped it. Much better.

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Back to leaf two and courtesy of Mary Thomas, Portuguese Knotted Stem Stitch. Another new stitch to me and a gorgeous one (once I’d got the hang of the tension). I really like the way this sits on the fabric.

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The inside was finished with stem stitch, back stitch and Pekinese stitch.

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I mounted it up into the book and added my inspiration page which included a printout of a photo of the leaves labelled with the different stitches.

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This was a complete joy to stitch and a lot of fun finding new and interesting stitches to add to the old favourites.

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My inspiration for my page in Janet’s Travelling Book came from finding the rusted fragments I was working on for an art quilt a while ago, including a fragment of very old soft sheeting scattered with rusted marks. I added a scrap of rust coloured silk, variegated thread, silk ribbon and some rusty washers and sat down to stitch.

I started by attaching the silk with a line of back stitch and the largest washer was couched down with metallic Madeira thread.

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Then I added parallel lines of kantha stitching with the variegated thread, weaving around blobs of rust and paint, (I think the fabric was part of an old paint cloth I ‘borrowed’ from my dad’s workshop when I brought home a load of rusted bits a few years ago!) the washer and the silk scrap.

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French knots on the silk strip in a variegated turquoise and rust coloured silk ribbon were joined by metallic thread straight stitches and then I couched some brass watch cogs into some of the spaces.

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I added an explanatory paragraph with little photos of some of my rusted fragments…

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…and attached the finished rusty piece to the next page.

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Janet’s spattered page backgrounds work really well with the colours of the fabric and threads.

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My little one has just started secondary school and has gone from packed lunches to school dinners. This has suddenly given me 10-15 minutes extra in the mornings and so I’ve started doing a little stitching before I head off to work.

The huge french knot piece is heading for the last leg. Last time I shared it, I’d got this far:

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But a summer’s worth of stitching at boot sales, meetings and these new morning stitching sessions has got me to this point:

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The bottom edge is now complete, the second corner defined and all I have left to do is the final edge. That said, there is probably hours of work still before I can put in the final stitch!

The other thing I’ve worked on is my amulet, although I’m thinking it’s more likely going to be a book cover. At the end of the workshop in July I’d feather stitched and beaded the printed fabric to the background felt and used beaded blanket stitch to attach a rusty washer to the centre.

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Since then I’ve used my favourite metallic Madeira thread to back stitch all round the printed design. Just enough metal wrapping around the core thread to give a subtle sparkle. It’s twinkly rather than blingy!

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To fit in with the found washer in the middle, I’ve added some large textured gold tone loops from a short section of chain. Each one is couched down and then french knots added at the ends of the couching stitches.

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I’m amazed at how much I’m getting done in these little sessions, although it is extremely tempting to just do a few minutes more – and then end up late for work!

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I was delighted to be the winner of Penny’s Valentine’s Day giveaway for one of her wonderful art dolls and a couple of days ago Valentine arrived, beautifully wrapped and snug in his box.

He’s taken up residence on the top shelf of my reference bookcase which sits next to the computer and holds all my most used reference books, ceramics and other treasured items, where he can keep an eye on the comings and goings of the household.

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He’s a joy. Thanks so much once again, Penny.

I’ve been working on one or two things that aren’t coming together quite as I envisaged so it’s been slow progress as I feel my way through. The first is another one of the fused angelina shapes that I ironed over a rubber stamp. It started off like this:

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I added back stitch around the edge in very fine dark purple silk thread…

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…and then whipped the back stitch with a metallic purple and green thread.

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I’m going to fill the middle with beads or possibly something like gold chip work.

Then there’s the next rusting block. I’d got as far as this, with eyelets in a variegated cotton thread and french knots in stranded silk:

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And then I’d stopped, which usually means that my sub-conscious knows it isn’t right somehow. When I picked it up again, I decided to put in all the eyelets first…

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…and at that point realised that what I wasn’t happy about was the way the eyelets and french knots obscured each other. Far too messy. The small patches of french knots were removed and it’s definitely better.

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As with the angelina flower, I’m not 100% satisfied, but it’s getting there.

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My youngest was delighted to receive a pink MP3 player for Christmas and as she’s always liked the pouch I made for my phone (adapted with the addition of some Japanese kimono fabric from a free kit that came with an early copy of the magazine Mollie Makes)

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I promised her I would make her an MP3 player pouch. She enjoyed choosing some purple twill cotton and then when we were discussing decoration, I remembered I had some star shapes that had been stamped out of fabric so she picked three of those. We made a paper pattern by drawing round the MP3 player, she helped me cut it out, and I started stitching.

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I turned a double hem over at the top as the fabric was quite prone to fraying and then blanket stitched the stars across the width of the fabric with a single strand of stranded cotton.

Then I turned right sides together and back stitched along the bottom and side with very small stitches. With something as small as this it just wasn’t worth getting the sewing machine out. I blanket stitched the raw edges as well, to minimise fraying, and turned it back the right side out.

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It is thankfully, the perfect size. Slightly tight so that the MP3 player doesn’t fall out, but not so tight that she struggles to get it in and out. She is so pleased with it and I’m quite proud of it too!

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I was wondering what to work on next and it was after having seen the second project at the bottom of this post from Helen Cowans that I remembered I had an unfinished piece based on the Northumberland coast between Seahouses and Bamburgh.

I started it in August 2004, on holiday in Seahouses. A sort of forerunner to my Cornish Holiday Journal. But summer 2004 came with a bit of a bombshell as three days into the holiday I discovered that I was unexpectedly pregnant with my youngest daughter.

All the vivid emotions of that time are caught up in the stitching as I struggled to get my head round being pregnant again with two older, independent children, wondering if we could do, it, if we should do it, what effect it was going to have on my health etc.

I stitched it on and off through another rough pregnancy, through two months of potential miscarriage scares and finally put it away shortly after the birth. I’ve worked on it sporadically since, but even though the result of that upheaval is a fabulously bright, sparky, loving bundle of dynamite that I wouldn’t be without for the world…

…the cloth still holds some difficult memories.

But it’s not far off being finished. In fact the only thing I realised I really I needed to do when I got it out was to embroider a line of footprints just below the high tide line and then add the surf. Stitch some good memories into it.

This is how it stands now, with the addition of some footprints which I started during the New Year.

From the bottom: back stitch on a scrap of satin from the dress my bridesmaid had for my wedding, feather stitch on coarse cotton, massed french knot clusters on denim and whipped running stitch on some permanently crinkled dress fabric (you might recognise it from the Cornish Journal!).

Seeding, woven spiders’ webs and back-stitched spiders’ webs in hand-dyed coton a broder on calico dyed with the same dye. Coral stitch in various vintage threads on coarse cotton.

Three weights and colours of silk with back stitch linking two.

More later – I’m feeling more positive about it already.

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