A record of my stitching and related activity - mostly smocking and embroidery - and what I am learning along the way.
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Sunday, October 21, 2012
Toy Chest Etui: Chest sides
After the needlebook, I went to the other end of the piece of linen on my frame and began on the Toy Chest itself.
I began with the framing stitches, which are over two threads. The rest is over one thread.
I like the touch of the shadow at the bottom.
The second side, with its tiny alphabet, was not quite as hard as I imagined. It was very handy while doing the ribbon and border work on the first side to be able to use up thread still in my needle on a letter or two!
The thread is lovely. The variegation sometimes creates a slightly uneven look in infill, such as the hearts. It's very effective, however in the shadow.
I was worried that I'd baulk at so much petit-point stitching. It is demanding on the eyes even (especially?) with a magnifier. It takes my eyes an hour or so to adjust after I have worked on this for a length of time. However, I find myself addicted - wanting to get back to it when away from it, and soothing myself to sleep thinking about the next section.