So I finished another embroidery:
Pattern: Mr X-Stitch (not currently up in his shop, but I’m sure you could message him if you want it!)
Fabric: 28 count laguna in white
Thread: Blue silk (I’ve lost the card, but I got it at the local needlepoint shop.)
Technic R2-D2 is a fan!
The internet may be over the lolcats, but I am not yet ready to let them go, thus these lions. This piece is my first foray into blackwork, a kind of embroidery that involves stitching in a single color (outlines only) on an evenweave fabric. Traditionally blackwork uses double running stitch, but I’m lazy so I just used back stitch over the entire piece. In traditional blackwork you plan your path and fill in every other stitch one way before returning the other direction and finishing.
I framed it in a plain hoop using this method, which avoids using any glue (I try to never use glue or tape on my projects!) I used a machine basting stitch, but a hand stitch would have worked just as well.
Completing this piece (my second in a month) made me consider the fact that while I love needlework I rarely do it. Same with knitting and crochet (these days at least!) I think that many of us in the crafting community like to identify with one craft to the exclusion of all others . I know that I myself am a bit obsessive, and I find it very hard to divide my time.
I have several more needlework projects planned this year – we will see if I manage to get to them!