workbox #9 needlecase back

Today is the first day in almost a week that I’ve been able to access any embroidery as all the contents of my workroom had to be stored in another room while some major re-plastering followed by re-decoration was done. The workmen will be back again after the Easter break but I have been able to move most of my craft and sewing supplies back into my workroom and finished this imperfectly shaped and hitherto unknown species of blue flower which will be on the back of the needlecase.

workbox #9 needlebook

I chose a rose for the workbox needlebook front but I haven’t given any thought to what will be embroidered on the back.

workbox #8 pin cushion

I’ve always thought it daft to spend time embroidering a pincushion just to ruin it by sticking pins and needles into it but since a pincushion is included in the Home Sweet Home workbox accessories, I’m making one anyway although I’ve never made one like this before. The intention is that the lesser embroidered side will be the top. I’ve basted the segments but the pincushion has to be put together and stuffed before they’re sewn permanently.

Pincushion from the Home Sweet Home workbox book.





stitch query

Has anyone heard of nut stitch? I found it in Lesley Turpin-Delport’s book Just Flowers in the glossary of Crewel stitches under the heading of chain stitches. I can’t find any reference to nut stitch online (apart from a knitting reference) nor in any of my many embroidery books. Does anyone out there know of this stitch or do you recognise it but know it as something else? I’d love to know. I’m left-handed so had to mirror the book image to try this stitch but found it awkward and I needed a second needle to keep the loops the same size. This is how the book shows it for right-handed stitchers:

workbox #7 tape measure cover 2

This Allium (aka flowering onion) is for the other side of the tape measure cover. The flower heads were embroidered with three or six strands in the needle which meant it only took an afternoon to stitch. I normally embroider with only one strand in the needle and I didn’t think that I’d be happy using six strands, but it was quite liberating. I’m pleasantly surprised with the end result.

workbox #6 tape measure cover

This embroidery for the lid of the tape measure cover measures only approximately 4 cm across and it’s taken me many hours over several days to stitch, longer than I expected it would. I outlined each part with stem stitch then filled them with satin stitch except for the light blue area which is filled with French knots. As an afterthought I used gold around the outer edges to give the medallion a visual lift using stem stitch, with the centre in satin stitch and a single French knots. I had to resort to using my small forceps to pull the needle through. There’s a slightly raised effect which I like although it’s not very obvious from the image. All stitching done with a single strand of DMC embroidery cotton and silk. Glad to be finished with this now and looking forward to starting something else.

workbox #5 scissor fob

Here’s a close-up of the workbox scissor fob embroidery which I did a few weeks ago. As I was editing the image I remembered that there’s supposed to be an embroidered border around both the initial and the flower so I must do that soon before I forget again. When made up, the fob will be approximately 2.5 cm square.