A frustrating trip to the RSN this week, which led to more confusion in my head as to where to go with my canvas work. Owen spent a long time with me explaining all the different stitch families that I could use, producing hundreds (I exaggerate slightly) of photocopies of even more stitches, which really blew my mind! We also talked about how to blend different shades of thread, but he stressed the need to be aware of not using too little or too many threads. I understood all this in principle – but found it almost impossible to apply to my blank canvas. I mean – how do you know what ‘too many’ threads looks like? And with so many stitches to choose from, how do you narrow them down? Finally, how do you get the texture you want?

After spending the whole morning pontificating – trying out different combinations on my trial canvas – Owen finally got fed up and told me that I would just have to start and see where it took me. So I made a tentative start ……..     and this is how far I got!

I decided to start with the horses leg which I have worked in Jacquard stitch and then merged this into byzantine stitch. The colour is very hard to recreate as it is very flat in the picture and I have erred on the side of orange/brown rather than hard reds. As you can see from the photos, there are already a large number of threads on the canvas – even for this small area. I am still not sure what to do next – but at least it is a start.

I think the garden is feeling my pain – it looks decidedly wet and grey this weekend – so I couldn’t even get out for a gardening break!

Right – off to look at other peoples’ canvas work for inspiration….

Happy stitching everyone.


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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12 Responses to Aaaaaaaaaaaah……

  1. Jen says:

    Love the bright colours! I’m really worried about doing this as an intensive. Will have to start soon on some practice stitches. I’ve just booked for the open day at the RSN on Friday the 8th June. Maybe I’ll see you there?

    • wybrow1966 says:

      Thanks Jen. I am sure you will be fine as you seem to have done a lot of stitching recently and your work is very neat. Have you got a design in mind? I might well be there on the 8th as I have been going regularly on a Friday. Will let you know.

      • Jen says:

        Yes, I have a photo already but no backup so hopefully it’ll be okay. Haven’t done any stitching this past month as it’s been too hot 😦 Looking forward to the cooler weather in England!

      • wybrow1966 says:

        Definitely cooler at the moment!

  2. oh wow, this is scary! What you’ve stitched looks lovely to me, but I have no idea how the minds of the RSN tutors work!

  3. That looks amazingly complicated. You are so good at this I adore your work. 🙂

  4. Dima says:

    This sounds really complicated, I wouldn’t now where to begin. I wish you lots of luck

  5. Catherine says:

    Oh I remember all to well this feeling! I do hope you have got some ideas now. I do think it is a trial and error technique, I really struggled with it. All the best with it!

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