So when these days come up I do like to ‘join in’, and hope to extend my knowledge in about 2 hours and become the best hand stitcher in our guild…….. some hope!
The day’s stitch this time was ‘Chain stitch’. Now I have come across this stitch before in fact when I was a young girl (many moons ago) I remember using this stitch on a tray cloth to make daisies. I never did finish the tray cloth as my embroidery threads pulled up the fabric and it always looked Suffolk puffs. I always thought it was inferior fabric but after our afternoon yesterday I maybe think it was an enthusiastic and inspirational young girl producing artwork that could have been good enough for an abstract exhibition. The thing is I can still do it !
After expert tuition from one of our members I found I was making chain stitches like everyone else. Well, there may have been many that were much better than me but I kept at it.
Try a row of stitches and a daisy, I was told. You don’t have to look.
It might have looked better with a different coloured thread.
Next was try a random chain stitch…………..what is this mess I have made?
The next was two rows of chain stitch and should be whipped together (hope that’s next times lesson). I am not sure how to whip stitches !
Ladder or open chain stitch, supposed to be good for pattern and filling, so I filled some of mine with ribbon.
Raised Chain band looked a challenge and I am never against a challenge.
But the best of the lot and the one that I think is the furthest away from the correct use of the ‘chain stitch’ is my flower. I love it.
It is not perfect, has no stalk or leaves and may never get any. But this is a lovely flower and so again I say thank you to my local embroiderers guild. I may not ever become a ‘hand stitcher’ but there are bits I can do and just love at the end of it so it is always worth ‘joining in’.
And just for good measure I filled the centre with French Knots !!