The Pansy is Starting to Blossom!

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A weekend of stitching

I had been looking forward to this month’s IHSW, and I thought I would be able to finish the pansy, but a few things came up over the weekend and not nearly as much stitching happened as I would have liked!

The pansy is an online course I’m participating in run by Tanja Berlin. Do check out her other courses and kits – she has some amazing designs, and her online classes are run with the student in mind.

The pansy is starting to blossom

Nevertheless, the pansy is slowly blossoming. The back two petals are complete, and I’m reasonably happy with them.

Problems with the front petals

The front right petal however needs some work. I don’t like the way the light purple thread is sitting – it just looks wrong. I think I can get away with just taking out the light purple and having another go at it. That will be the starting point anyway!

Problems with the stitches lying nicely

The left front petal is coming along nicely. One thing I’m noticing more on this petal than the others is that the stitches aren’t completely even in tension. Well I think that is what it is, though it could potentially be that I am trying to cram too many stitches into the space? I’m a little bit tempted to pull it out and try spacing the stitches marginally further apart. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

One day soon this little pansy will be finished. That is of course if I stop undoing everything I stitch!


  1. virtuosewadventures

    I wonder whether the light thread would sit better if you put the needle at a lower angle as you take the stitch? Long and short stitch is not one of my skills, so that is a bit of a guess – let me know whether it helps.

    • Catherine

      Thanks! I will definitely give that a go. I’ll let you know 😊

  2. B. Lapp

    Beautiful colours and you did a lot.

    • Catherine

      Thank you 😊 I do love purples!

  3. Wendy Schoen

    Oh my gosh! Your work is stunning! As one who has been trying to master this technique for years, I’m impressed. Thanks for sharing.

    • Catherine

      Thanks Wendy! It is certainly a technique that is difficult to get into. I’m just starting my RSN silk shading piece, and am having to get my brain back into this technique which takes a bit of time!

  4. Barbara Nash

    How can I get the pattern


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