I have been making a bit of an effort to work some of the kits and projects in my stash. I played with a few of them, but the one that spoke to me was Pontos Vermelhos, a drawstring bag designed by Maria do Ceu Freitas in Inspirations 79 in 2013. I features the traditional embroidery of Guimaraes in Portugal.
The bag is worked on a single piece of linen, edged and prepared for construction before embroidering. Traditionally worked in one colour, this one is in red.
I used a pencil to trace the design on to the linen.
It was relatively complex, but could be followed from the basic shapes of the design.
It used reverse chain,, whipped chain, padded chain, buttonhole, satin, padded satin, stem, eyelets - and lots of bullion knots.
The result is highly textured - and really interesting to work.
The interest didn't stop there. The bag is stitched together decoratively, a hem-stitched panel accommodates a cord and tassels are added.
I love the result - and enjoyed it. It is the kind of project that gives me huge enjoyment - so many parts, each one satisfying and purposeful.
For the moment this is a keeper. I am using it to store the monthly Stitchy Box thread packs.
I am also grateful to Christine Bishop for showing me a piece from her collection of Portuguese Embroidery and giving me access to an article she wrote on Viano do Castelo Embroidery for Embroidery and Cross Stitch Magazine.