What Are You Stitching?

7th February 2020

The adage of ‘measure twice, cut once’ can also be applied to the technique of counted thread when it’s vitally important to count twice and stitch once.  This week’s stitchers have just done that!

Helen Osborne

In issue #201 of All Stitched UP! HERE we shared Helen’s Hardanger cloth. You may remember that whilst still a work in progress it had survived the disaster of a whole cup of black filter coffee being spilt on it on a train journey from London that she didn’t think would come out. 

Well, after finding a few more hours in each day, Helen recently updated us on her progress…

‘It has been a labour of love, as the original pattern was too large for the size of fabric we have here in UK, so I had to re design it to fit. Then the dreaded coffee spillage, which was a heart stopping moment to say the least, but at long last it is completed!’

Helen, a labour of love it has been indeed. Not only has your counting and stitching been meticulous, but your redesign of the original pattern and painstaking removal of coffee has certainly meant this has been an adventure with needle and thread not to be forgotten!

Hilary Graham

‘I found this embroidery partly complete at a vintage sale in Lincoln, UK. Everything was in the package and the stitching was exquisite, but only partly done. I bought it and completed the piece, with a friend making the box for me to display it in. I love it!’

Hilary, we love it too! Not only do we love the finished result and the way it’s been displayed, but we love that you were able to complete the work someone else’s hands had begun, ensuring the fruits of their labours weren’t in vain.

Have you counted twice and stitched once? If your needles and threads have completed something using counted thread, we’d love to see it! Email photos along with a few details about your stitching journey to news@inspirationsstudios.com

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