Making Progress

Some of you may recall that ages ago I started following 2 courses on embroidery – Pintangle’s Take a stitch Tuesday and Anne Brooke’s 52 tags. My aim was to increase the range of stitches I could use and also to get away from simply filling in someone else’s design. I have been lamentably lax about keeping up with either challenge but last week I decided to ‘have a go’ at doing some embroidery from scratch. And the result was…

I am under no illusions. This is not high art. It isn’t even particularly fine embroidery. But it was an achievement. I did it all myself from the first drawing to the finished piece. And I experimented. I used stranded cotton (mainly because I had a better range of colours in that) and tried mixing strands of different shades or colours.

I also mentioned previously experimenting with the way I knit and finding that it was easier if I controlled the yarn with my left hand. Well, quite by chance, I discovered how to do that flicky thing with the right hand so that I don’t have to let go of the right needle – or at least not so completely hands off. Months ago my neighbour, who did all my laundry for weeks when my machine broke down during lockdown, mentioned that she fancied having a row of Christmas stockings to hang over the fireplace and I offered to make some. Now that I can have yarn in either hand two colour knitting is so much easier! One colour on the left hand and one on the right! I used my usual sock pattern but in DK not 4 ply and motifs from various cross stitch pattern books I had on the shelves.

I can feel my confidence growing!

16 thoughts on “Making Progress

  1. Helen October 23, 2021 / 5:35 pm

    Excellent Christmas stockings and well done on the embroidery.

    After years of doing knit stitch wrong (ie knitting from the back rather than the front) and therefore not being able to do some designs adequately, I went back to basics today.

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    • Going Batty in Wales October 25, 2021 / 7:19 pm

      Thank you Good luck with relearning.


      • Helen October 25, 2021 / 8:42 pm

        Practising right now ๐Ÿ˜€

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  2. claire93 October 23, 2021 / 6:03 pm

    well done for moving out of your comfort zone! Your embroidery is really cute – I’m a big chicken fan ^^ And well done on your xmas stockings! Sock knitting is something on my “learn to do” list. I have the DPNs, the yarn, a book . . . just need to find the motivation ^^

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  3. nanacathy2 October 23, 2021 / 8:15 pm

    Well done on exiting the comfort zone. The stockings are fabulous, the chickens so sweet. Love it, keep going!

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    • Going Batty in Wales October 25, 2021 / 7:22 pm

      Thank you Cathy. I hope my neighbour likes the stockings. The chickens were just for me and I am happy with them.


  4. Laurie Graves October 23, 2021 / 10:01 pm

    The embroidery is utterly adorable! And those stockings are so bright and cheerful.

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    • Going Batty in Wales October 25, 2021 / 7:22 pm

      Thank you. I was quite chuffed with the picture. I like Christmas to be full of colour – not a minimalist me!

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    • Going Batty in Wales October 25, 2021 / 7:23 pm

      Thank you.

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    • Going Batty in Wales October 27, 2021 / 10:04 am

      Happy to show you next time we meet.


  5. anne54 October 25, 2021 / 9:58 pm

    Those chickens are so sweet. Using feather stitch for the outlines works really well, as they create a line that looks like feathers. Very well named!

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    • Going Batty in Wales October 27, 2021 / 10:05 am

      Thank you. It did seem the obvious choice as I had learned it recently!


    • Going Batty in Wales November 5, 2021 / 4:38 pm

      Thank you!


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