Ever felt you have too many projects on the go? Well that’s me at the moment, it’s a good job I have these three weekly reporting in posts to keep me on track!
Three weeks ago I was working my way round the blackwork sampler with the filling in stitch. This is one of those stitches that look complicated at first, working out the pattern, then you get the hang of it and sail round…then you realise that you still have to concentrate as it’s easy to go wrong!
So there’s been a few unpickings and one mistake which is just going to stay there as hopefully it’s not too obvious.
You can just see on the above photo that I had also started outlining the reflection of Catbells. I was using the floss that I used for the two side bits but I wasn’t sure it was dark enough particularly on some of the busy squares. I decided to wait until I’d stitched a bit more of the filler stitch.
In the end I went one shade darker from the left side, I’ve actually one stitched as far as the top of Catbells, I’m tempted to leave it at that as reflections aren’t always clear all the way along and I think it might be just enough.
So I can now do a mini happy dance as the central blackwork is finished…
Now I just need to design a border. There are some different ones available on the Peppermint Purple website but I have an idea in my head which I’m going to try and plot on some graph paper.
If you fancy having a go at some blackwork then the Peppermint Purple sampler is a great way to try it, the 2022 one started at the beginning of the year, a square (or rectangle) is released each week. It’s free and there’s a very friendly facebook page too, it’s interesting seeing how different colourways look so different. There’s lots of designs on the website too if you don’t fancy committing to a year long project.
This stitch-a-long is organised by Avis from Sewing beside the Sea, we each work on our project of choice, sharing our progress every three weeks, just enough to keep the motivation going, please follow the links to see what everyone else is stitching.