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Despite the lack of space, the peas have fitted in nicely and don’t look too squashed or too small. I started with rows of variegated brown feather stitch ‘pea sticks’ and added the stalks over the top in whipped back stitch.

The peas are two straight stitches which start side by side at the top and go into the same hole at the bottom to give a point. I’m always up for some ‘plein air stitching’ and started adding them on a trip to Lincoln to meet up with Karen (Lincs in Stitches).

Once the peas were nicely spaced over the stalks, I finished them off with a trio of tiny straight stitches in a single strand of stranded cotton to create the calyxes. Next I need to find some 2mm silk ribbon for the leaves.

I know it’s not really the best idea to start yet another project when there are other things on the go and especially when I’ve not made any progress on my June AND July Move It On Project, but I need something straightforward to stitch while I’m out and about and Ruskin lace definitely does not come into that category. The Ruskin lace is to go into a 2015 holiday journal which needs some other stitching doing for it, including a version of the wallpaper in John Ruskin’s study at Brantwood, near Coniston.

It’s quite light and modern for a Victorian wallpaper and I particularly liked the motif with stars on the right so I chose it as one of the pieces to stitch for the journal.

I originally planned to do it in applique, but when I came to look at the design I’d printed out ready to go, it was clear that the stems were going to be far too narrow, so I’ve revised my idea and it will all be embroidered. We were up in the Lakes for the weekend a couple of weeks ago and as we visited Coniston, it seemed appropriate to start the stitching there.

The lines will be in split stitch to give the right sort of width and each leaf will also be outlined in split stitch and then satin stitched over. Nice and straightforward, easy to take out and about and it’s still moving old projects on.

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First, an addition to my abstract stumpwork piece from Guild a few months ago. I’ve wanted to have a go at spiral trellis stitch for a while.

Spiral trellis stitch 1

It’s worked on a double running stitch base, simply putting knots into the foundation stitches and then as it spirals round, into the spaces between the knots.

Spiral trellis stitch 2

I wanted mine quite flat so I worked in a steady decrease (missing out the odd space between knots) from the beginning. Unfortunately, this has meant some breaks in the nice spiral of knots, but not bad for a first attempt and I think some of them can be nudged over a little to hide some of the spaces.

Spiral trellis stitch 3

The Blackwell pillow whitework is also coming along. I’ve put all the elements in, at least in outline, so I can get rid of the disappearing pen.

More whitework 1

The centre of the French knot clusters are worked in a thicker thread than the outside to give a more rounded shape.

More whitework 2

Not too sure about the shape of the middle section of the leaf. The original is much closer to the outside edge but the outside edge of the original is less bold/bulky than mine.

More whitework 3

I think I’ll work the outer border of the other two leaves first and then see how I feel about it.

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During our Easter holiday in the Lake District we visited Blackwell, an amazing Arts and Crafts house near Windermere and among the inspirations photos I took were a couple of the lovely whitework embroidery on one of the pillows.

Whitework pillow at Brantwood

Perfect to work as a sample for my journal. I’ve used the corner of an old chair back, which is a nice heavy cotton and a couple of different thicknesses of white perle thread.

Whitework beginning 1

It’s meant to be similar, not identical. The grass-type spray is bullion knots with long tails on a stem stitch stalk. The flowers are padded satin stitch, in this case satin stitch over a chain stitch outline. The centres are just five straight stitches with a french knot in the middle.

Whitework beginning 2

Then I moved onto a flower created from a cluster of French knots. I’ve used the thicker perle in the centre and then started round the edges with the thinner perle to give a domed shape.

Whitework beginning 3

First time I’ve tried traditional white work and it’s coming along nicely.

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