I was lucky enough to have some free time last month and all I wanted to do was stitch! I was keen to stitch on a piece of grey Artisan cloth. I’ve used it in a mini quilt, cushion cover and felt appliqued bag and love how the colours pop and stand out against the darker background.
With no clear idea of what to stitch I decided to make it up as I went. I’ve done something similar with a felt project and loved the process. This time I’d play with thread colours and stitches and combinations of both. A sampler of sorts.
I didn’t rush and had stitcher’s block a few times, wondering what stitch and thread colour to work next, but found real joy working at a slow pace, watching it come together. I think it’s all the more gorgeous for growing organically than if I’d drawn up a static pattern at the start.
I thought it was too nice not to share it with you here and on the Love & Hugs from Australia Stitch-A-Long Group.
There is no stitchery pattern, it will be marked out as each row is stitched.
The steps will be outlined in separate posts beginning in this post.
I hope you will be inspired, step outside your comfort zone and stitch a piece that’s all your own.
I did have rules. It added a challenge.
- It couldn’t be symmetrical.
- Once a row was stitched it stayed stitched. No unpicking! No going back and changing the stitch or thread colour!
- Basic stitches only. Stitches I could combine like running and cross stitch. The trickiest stitches are feather and herringbone.
- Decorative stitches could only be used once. Running and back stitch could be used multiple times to divide and fill spaces.
Choose your stitchery fabric and favourite threads.
I use Aurifil 12 wt threads. It’s equivalent to two strands of DMC Stranded Embroidery thread.
- Cut the stitchery fabric 5½ inches (W) x 6½ inches (L) and a piece of iron-on-pellon (H630) the same size. A ¼ inch seam allowance is included in the cutting measurements.
- Fuse the fabric and iron-on-pellon together. The iron-on-pellon stabilises the fabric and hides the threads on the back.
I used a hera marker to score the line I would stitch on. I didn’t mark out the entire fabric. This allowed me flexibility over stitch choice and placement. Use a lead pencil or your preferred marking tool.
Mark the two centre lines of running stitch and stitch them.