As I know very little about canvas work stitches or techniques I have decided to do a little practice work before jumping in and stitching my project piece. All I have been told so far by Owen, is that no colour is flat – by which I think he means that I have to continually vary the colours that I am using. This sounds easy, but in reality is proving to be quite tricky. I thought that I was doing quite well, varying stitches and colours – but then realised that each time I changed the stitch, I changed the colours of thread – resulting in lines of colour.
The other thing that I am struggling with is knowing how many threads I should use for each stitch. This is only intensified by the fact that we can use a variety of threads – from wools, to silks and pearls. The RSN guidelines state that all the canvas must be covered – but the holes within the canvas should not be distorted. Here is a look at my progress so far…. Hopefully on my next visit to the RSN I will get further guidance and at least I can show the tutors the sort of direction that I want to be going in – so time has not been wasted.
The stitches that I have tried so far are:
a – Rya stitch b- byzantine stitch c – condensed Scotch stitch
d – slanted goblin stitch e – star stitch f – Algerian eye stitch
g – Rhodes stitch h – Italian cross stitch i – half Rhodes stitch
Most of the stitches went in well – but the threads in the Italian cross stitch would not lay flat – I think that this is because I tried to include too many threads.
Meanwhile spring has sprung and I heard the first cuckoo today on our dog walk! In the garden everything is bursting into life and amongst the daffodils are an assortment of erythroniums, anemonies, spring pea and fritillary. I just love this time of year, the garden is full of promise and it is warm enough to shed the layers but not so hot that you are uncomfortable.
Happy stitching and happy gardening too!