White Horse: half the knot’s gold edging

A quick update on progress: I’m coming along nicely with the gold edging for the knot, with one side of the main knot now completed: Now that the Olympics are over, I have no excuse not to get on with it!

White Horse: first bit of gold edging

I have a confession to make: I’ve spent almost all my free time for the past week or so watching the Olympics and have hardly done any sewing at all.  If the client’s reading this, I’ll make the time up when it’s over, promise! I have felt guilty enough to do a bit, though, and…

Earth mini: finishing off

The front was completed, but I wanted to put a small Awen design on the back, just to finish it off: This was worked in gold chain stitch and filled in with split stitch, in the same way as the front, and using Madeira stranded cotton in a pale green shade to match the colour…

Earth mini: colouring in

With the outline done, I now need to fill in the knot design with colour.  I’m making this very simple, but hopefully effective: just one shade, Madeira stranded cotton no. 1406, worked in split stitch. Here it is with the first few sections done: And then with with the entire knot shape filled in: And…

Earth mini: outline

I’m being very bad at posting but a bit better at stitching, so time for an update on the ‘Earth’ mini roundel. With the design marked on the front in running stitches, I could now stitch over them properly.  As Elmsley Rose guessed, this involves gold thread.  I can’t imagine why she would think that!…

Recycled runner

Mum and I like going to antique fairs, on the lookout for bargains!  There don’t seem to be as much in the way of textiles as there used to be there, but it’s always fun to see what we can find. At the last fair we went to, I bought a hand-embroidered linen table runner…

Four Elements: Air

I can’t believe it’s so long since I last posted – sorry about that.  It’s summer, more or less, so I’ve been out and about, I’ve reupholstered some dining chairs, and I’ve almost finished tidying and rearranging my workroom (of which more in a future post).  What I haven’t been doing, I’m afraid, is sewing….

Four Elements: Earth

Here’s the fourth in the Four Elements sequence, Earth: Like Water, it uses a traditional Celtic motif, this time knotwork.  Also the same as Fire and Water, the outlines are in chain stitch in a metallic thread, filled in with split stitch. Just about everyone seems to say that this one is their favourite, and…

Four Elements: Water

Firstly, I need to say that you may not hear that much from me for the next few weeks: the World Cup’s started. I know a lot of readers are in the US and so may not be hearing that much about it, but for us football fans, it’s a big thing.  I intend watching…

Four Elements: Fire

It had honestly never occurred to me until now just how many of my designs are circular.  Not all of them, of course, but quite a number.  I wonder why?  While I ponder that, and plod along with Spirograph III, I’ll show you a series of four embroideries I did a few years ago, all…