Category Archives: Embroidery

Slow Cloth … Eve’s Garden boro keepsake quilt

Despite my hope that I’d have this finished by Christmas, I’m still working away at the hand embroidery on my boro keepsake quilt … this is slow cloth at its very slowest, I think ….

Eve's Garden boro quilt - embroidery detail

I have been working on it, during the times ‘in-between’ … but I needed a break from it. The levels of concentration and energy needed to work on something this size and with this much detail are difficult to maintain over a long period of time.

Eve's Garden boro quilt - half section completed

The central diamond is finished … and two of the corner sections … now I’m working on the top sections. I’m mostly using perle 8 for these parts – I’ve found some gorgeous vintage colours from Chameleon Threads …. you can get them over at Lorna Bateman Embroidery. More expensive, for sure, but worth every extra penny, I think.

Eve's Garden boro quilt - embroidery motif detail

In between the straight rows of running stitch, there’s a pretty straightforward repeated stitch pattern … leaf stitch alternating with rosette chain wheels, detached chain stitch (or lazy daisy) flowers, and woven web stitch …

Eve's Garden boro quilt - woven web stitch detail

I changed things up in the centre section, with leaf stitch stars, wheat-ear stitch wheels, buttonhole wheels and little stitched stars interspersed with french knots.

Eve's Garden boro quilt - french knot cluster

I liked that star with french knots, so I’ve worked it again in the corners … only larger and in a luscious dark purple perle that glories in the name of ‘blackberry’.

And so … here it is in it’s almost finished state … I find myself strangely reluctant to actually finish with this, even though I’m desperate to see the finished piece.

Eve's Garden boro cloth - close to complete

and, to finish, the obligatory peek at the back, for those who like that sort of thing 😉

Eve's Garden boro quilt - reverse

TAST – 05 Herringbone Stitch

Baby it’s cold outside …

We’ve got a whole inch of snow on the ground … rather less in our garden now the children have finished with it!

But it’s hot in here! This week’s stitch for ‘Take a Stitch Tuesday’ 2012 is Herringbone Stitch …. and I went bright and warm …

I’ve used herringbone before, in the central panel of my elemental quilt

Something about this stitch that always make me think ‘oriental’ when I come to use it. Maybe I should have tried to break myself of the habit, but … well … I didn’t really want to!

I went further east than the islamic colours of the elemental quilt, looking to India. The design was inspired by one of my favourite reference books … I’ve been itching to use that bright silk for something, something hinting at vivid Indian colour, but without being a straight copy of a traditional design. The final design, now it’s stitched, makes me think more of mandalas than chintz, though …

I found a tutorial for the beaded herringbone over at Hand Embroidery from Sadalas and that, really, was my starting point – I wanted to use that, and everything else really flowed from there.

There’s a mixture of closed herringbone stitch – in the centre of the petals, and then more open around the edges. On the outside of the flower, I’ve used a double herringbone stitch, and then layered fly stitch over the top of the back-to-back herringbone framing the petals.

I adore this! (although I’m wondering whether to add a ring of orange french knots in the lozenges left in the border?)


I think it might end up as the central panel in a cushion … or perhaps a small lap quilt?