I enjoyed the preparation for getting into the stitching part of the exercises. It gave me the opportunity to wade through my stash of goodies and remind myself of some of the fabrics and threads that I had not realised I owned – or remembered I had bought. I look forward to using them as I progress.
Stitches from top to bottom (left to right): couching, triple Palestrina knot, Palestrina knot, raised chain band (2 rows tapering to one), double-sided twisted chain, single side twisted chain, seeding, cross stitch, feather stitch, French knots, colonial knots.
Top two rows: herringbone stitch, couching techniques – cross stitch, buttonhole stitch, fly stitch and pistil stitch.
Left to right: running stitch, offset running stitch, stem stitch, back-stitch, chain, whipped running stitch, double threaded running stitch, coral knot (snail trail), uneven buttonhole, outline buttonhole stitch.
Top to bottom (left to right): detached chain using wide ribbon yarn, back-stitch, padded satin stitch, pistil stitch, closed Cretan, open Cretan, fly stitch leaf, whipped double stem stitch (two rows of even stem very close together, then whipped as one), zigzag chain, running stitch, fly stitch.
I used backgrounds of differing weights and properties. The black felt had a tendency to stretch when trying to use thicker threads as they were harder to pull through. The grey dupion silk was nice to stitch on, but definitely better with stabilizer behind to keep the firmness and stop puckering of the surface. As a tight weave it holds the threads well and keeps a defined stitch shape. The white cotton has a medium close weave and was the best of the three I tried for ribbon work. The ribbon chain has come out particularly well as it opens back up on the surface to give a flower bud appearance.
Threads used included Perle 5, Perle 8, Kreinik metallic cord, 8 ply (double-knit) knitting wool, crewel wool, ribbon knitting yarn, tubular viscose (ruched onto string to couch down and also running stitch sample), silk, other fluffy grey yarn found in my stash.