I’ve learnt three new stitches with the Stitch Wheel sampler by Cathy Reavy. Cathy releases the new stitches every Thursday. Last week I was just over half way round the second ring…
The first one to be stitched this week was laid work. It was used to make the acorns. I have to say I can’t really see the advantage in using that rather than satin stitch apart from using less thread, I also think it’s harder to get a neat finish. The purple flower is woven picot stitch, I like that one, it’s very effective with the petals raised from the background.
The teardrop shape is detached buttonhole, It’s quite clever is that one as it’s only attached to the fabric round the edges.
We just have three stitches to do and the third circle will be complete, it’s filling up nicely. One thing I have particularly enjoyed with this is that the samples are not just a sample of stitch but used to create something, such as the acorn or the flower. I think it does help to learn how to use it, rather than just the technique.
The next few stitches will be released on Thursday, then I anticipate the third circle will be complete.