Sunday, June 21, 2020

Stitching Along in June

It's already been three weeks since our last SAL check in date. I always feel bad on those occasions when I'm unable, for one reason or another, to go see what all the others have been working on. Such was the case for our last check in. I'll bet there have been finishes and/or new starts since then. Hopefully I'll be able to make the rounds this time.

I finally brought the dish towel I'd been working on to an end. There really wasn't that much left to do, which is probably why I left it alone for so long. All I had to do was complete the vines with stem stitches and put in a few French knots for flower centers. Well, and draw in some missing lines from the transfer sheet.

And the whole width of the towel:

Just to refresh your memory, this is one of a set of three pre-stamped towels from Mary Corbet's website. Each towel has one design on it but they increase in complexity or detail. This is the image that was on this towel:

Then I reproduced it in the opposite corner but stitched it in a different set of threads.

Now it's time for a new project! I started the second towel in the series at some point. Right now, however, I'm working on a slow stitch/embroidered stitch wrap inspired by the work of Tilly Rose and Anne Brooke. This is sort of a practice piece. Eventually I want to use some of the vintage linens I've inherited to make a family history wrap. My main goal with this one was to utilize a couple of pieces of William Morris prints I've been given at Christmas and just to get a handle on the process.

I machine stitched most of the foundation pieces together but it's the embroidery (and some nearly invisible hand sewing) that secures the colorful bits to the muslin lining. I really like to have that second layer to give me a place to knot my threads.

This will be partly a visual diary as well as a practice piece, thus the date at one end. I've done a blanket stitch rainbow too, to commemorate the covid pandemic.

And here's one of the William Morris charm squares:

I used fly stitches to secure it in place. I'd show you more but the photos don't seem to be available at the moment. I would blame Blogger but I think it's my computer at fault this time. Anyway, there will be more for you to see when we check in again in three weeks. This project seems to have taken over my needlework time. 😉 

Here are the links to the others who have been busy stitching since last time. Enjoy!



  1. far too pretty to use as a tea towel ^^

  2. What a good idea to bring together all the different topics and past memories. I suppose you could keep adding extra pieces for as long as you want. The finished dish towel is lovely too. I hope you're enjoying your Happy Dance :-)

  3. I am having a difficult time visiting everyone this week as my son is visiting, but I am hoping to scroll through all week long. I love that pretty towel. I find your latest project quite interesting. I like your June rainbow and paw print ribbon.

  4. Congrats on the completion of the hand towel, I always enjoy the creativity of your embroidery. Your new project will be a delight to watch as it grows!

  5. It´s a beautiful dishtowel!

  6. Congratulations on your pretty finish. I wouldn't dare use this as a dish towel though as I would be so afraid it would get spoilt.

  7. Congrats on finishing your (too lovely to use) dish towel! I love your patchwork piece and the lovely embroidery -- can't wait to see how it grows.

  8. Congrats on a lovely finish :)

  9. Your tea towel is lovely. Congratulations on a finish! I'll be interested to see where your new project goes.

  10. Your new project will provide some variety as you go. I look forward to seeing it. I do like the finished towel piece, too. I need to get back to embroidery, because I haven't done any in at least 3 months, maybe more!

  11. Your towel is lovely! Beautiful work!


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