What Are You Stitching?
10th June 2022
Whitework is the collective name given to a range of different needlework techniques. The thing that unifies them is they are traditionally worked using white thread on white fabric. Various types of whitework have been practiced for centuries in all parts of the world and they are still being practiced today by our talented readers.
‘Inspired by seeing some Casalguidi embroidery in one of your newsletters, I wanted to show you a purse that I created for a wedding based on the project Vintage from Inspirations issue #41. It looks difficult, but it was actually a pleasure to stitch. I received many compliments for it at the wedding.’
We can definitely understand the compliments and we would like to add our own, Barbara. This is a stunning purse that you have stitched beautifully.
‘I’ve seen Heart’s Delight featured in past newsletters and thought you might like to see my version. I entered it in the Minnesota State Fair last summer where it was awarded a blue ribbon for the drawn/pulled thread category, and an award sponsored by a local guild for the best entry in that category.’
Congratulations, Carol. It is obvious why you won so many prizes for this exquisite piece of embroidery. It is simply gorgeous.
‘I love lace, so I decided to try Christine Bishop’s Reticella Sampler from A Passion for Needlework 2 | Factoria VII. It was a challenge; however perseverance is my middle name and I completed it! Oh, those picots! I enjoy whitework of many kinds and would like to do more Reticella now to keep my newfound skills fresh.’
This is certainly a challenging project, Mavis, but you’ve completed it beautifully and you should be very proud of your finish. Congratulations.
Do you love whitework? Do you gravitate towards projects that feature white thread on white fabric? Or do you just love colour?
Whatever it is you love, and whatever you like to stitch, we’d like to see it. Send us a picture of your work with a bit of information about the project and your stitching journey to firstname.lastname@example.org