Stitching in reverse…

Stitching in reverse, or unpicking! It was pointed out to me that the colours I had used on the throat of the mistle thrush drew the eye to the centre and detracted from the rest of the head. Once this was pointed out – it really began to annoy me, so the scalloped button hole had to be unpicked, and today was the day!

It was actually much harder to unpick than I had anticipated. Finally all that was left of my original efforts was a small bundle of wool ends. I then set to redoing the area – but this time graduating the colours from dark to light.



This is how it looked.


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Hopefully an improvement.


I think it looks better, although I am still not sure about the darkest colour. But this is how it will have to stay as I don’t want to damage the canvas beneath.

Happy stitching.

About wybrow1966

My name is Deborah, and my earliest recollection of being creative is learning how to smock at primary school. We had a wonderful, white-haired lady who came in once a week to teach the 'girls' how to sew. I am not sure what the boys got up to during this time - but I never once felt as though I was missing out on anything. Now, as a primary teacher, I often give up evenings to teach enthusiastic children how to embroider. I am now just about to embarked into the world of blogging. Who knows if anyone will be interested, or if I can even keep it up. But here goes....
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13 Responses to Stitching in reverse…

  1. claire93 says:

    oh yes! I didn’t see your previous post about this, but your bird looks so much better with the lighter colours.

    • wybrow1966 says:

      Thank you – although I am wondering now if I should have just used the lighter wools. But it is too late now – I think if I unpick again I might ruin the canvas.

  2. Catherine says:

    I do think it is an improvement now it has been pointed out, and the darkest colour does stand out. But, you can make a note in your self assessment. I’m afraid the more RSN work you do the more reverse stitching you also do. I don’t think there’s ever a time I’m not unpicking something in a stitching session!

  3. I think it looks fab now, and i like how the dark colour links the throat to the head part without it looking like two separate sections

  4. Jen says:

    It looks great now Deborah! I unpicked some bullion knots twice today and the fabric was looking a bit worn afterwards. It was a snail and for something so small it took forever to do…

    • wybrow1966 says:

      Once you had pointed out the fact that the colours detracted from the head – It really started to annoy me – so out it had to come! Are you getting in a little practice for your coursework?

      • Jen says:

        Yes, I’m worried I won’t get the piece finished in the intensive as my stitching is quite slow, so I’ve been practicing before it gets too hot to stitch here (April onwards). I started posting on Instagram @needleworkjourney 🙂

  5. It does make a difference, well done on the colour change.

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