We had a lovely time away in Cologne over the Easter period, and for the first time in a very long time, I didn’t take any embroidery with me. Our holidays are usually fairly jam packed with activity, and I don’t even take it out of the suitcase, so I decided to just not take anything at all this time! Thankfully, our usual routine ensued, and I wasn’t idle at all! This did however leave me with very ‘itchy fingers’ when we got back. And finally, on Thursday evening, I was able to sit down and relax with some embroidery.

Before Easter, I had purchased a couple of kits from The Noble Thread. If you haven’t seen Caroline’s work, do make sure you check out her website or Facebook page – her creations are just stunning! Her blog is also a great one to follow along with – the research she puts into the history for her interpretation of the works is really interesting. Anyway, the first parcel I am still crossing my fingers for tomorrow’s mail delivery and hoping Royal Mail’s customer service team is better than the local post office team! But, moving along from that gripe, in the second parcel Caroline had very generously popped in a kit for a free pattern on her website. Yes, I know I have more than enough projects on the go, but I really wanted to stitch this straight away, so set myself up and spent a couple of very enjoyably hours stitching this gorgeous design.  This may have also created a new thread obsession – Renaissance Crewel Wool – this is the most gloriously soft woollen thread I think I have ever used, and I will definitely be looking at investing in some in the near future!

Now, because apparently one quick project wasn’t enough, I really wanted to do another one. I seem to also have an obsession for crewel work presently, so I got out another little kit, this one a dragonfly by Sophie Long. I’m hoping to finishing him off this afternoon, and I’m again really enjoying this one. I’ve changed all the split stitch outlines to stem stitch, just because I like stem stitch! I’m also using this as a bit of a testing ground for stitching with ‘two hands’. Sounds a bit strange, as I usually do stitch with both my hands, but I’m trying to stitch with my left hand always on the top, and my right always on the bottom of the frame (I’m using a seat frame, which makes this experimentation possible!). I can definitely see how this would be a quicker way stitching, though my left hand is struggling with the accuracy of stitch placement, so more practice is required! It’s probably good in general to get my left hand a bit more nimble! I also think I’ve popped too many rows in my lattice stitch, but it’s been a good way of working on some of these techniques.

I hope you all enjoyed your Easter break, with or without stitching!

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