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Camus and Cross Stitch – Burlap Sampler

I know, an unlikely combination …..

Those who follow me on facebook will know I’m riding a bit of a burlap obsession at the moment. But I do think that the coarse, open weave lends itself to cross-stitch almost perfectly ….. and so, I took some offcuts of burlap from a previous project, a little vintage lace, and an amazing quote from Albert Camus  – something that gives me hope and strength even at the darkest moments – and put them all together to create a burlap cross-stitch sampler …..

burlap cross-stitch sampler, albert camus quote

I’ve layered the strips of burlap over a piece of reclaimed denim, and then over a carefully frayed piece of burlap ….

burlap cross-stitch sampler - albert camus quote

The wording is worked in a vintage perle 5 – I adore that dark royal blue against the natural burlap ….

And I’ve used perle 8 in pristine white for the borders, fixing down each strip of burlap to the backing with a different row of counted-thread stitches each time …. from the top – herringbone stitch, chevron stitch, cretan stitch, fly stitch, double up-and-down buttonhole …

burlap cross-stitch sampler - albert camus quote

And then …. double chain stitch, four-sided stitch with star stitch in the intersections, feather stitch (sprinkled with my beloved french knots!) and buttonhole stitch with cross stitch above.

A lot of obsessive stitching happened ….. I couldn’t put it down …..

burlap cross-stitch sampler - albert camus quote

I enjoyed the meditative aspect of this, thinking on the words as I stitched them …. the meaning has deepened  and broadened ….. so that I think I might, with some of the other positive words that speak to me, stitch another one of these …..

This one, in the meantime, is, reluctantly, in my Etsy shop ….

Boro keepsake quilt: Eve’s Garden … growing nicely

The stitching is coming on nicely on my boro keepsake quilt ….

I’m (finally) out of the centre and working around the edges … a mixture of straight lines on different angles, running across the cloth and intersecting … still seem to be feeling those Sami influences in terms of the fairly dense stitching …

I’m mostly sticking to a palette of colours that co-ordinate with the quilt, but couldn’t resist adding a little pop of colour with this orange and red … it’s only there in small quantities as an accent – I’ve matched these colours to the flashes of orange and yellow in the fabrics I’ve used. In places, it looks like a little sprinkling of hot paprika ..Coming out from the corners of the central diamond, and at the intersection of the diagonal lines, I’ve added smaller diamonds of cross stitch, with french knots almost as punctuation where the diagonal lines of running stitch cross through.

Once I’ve got all the running stitch done, the structure will be in place, and I can ‘plant’ my garden … the gaps between the rows will get some embellishment … little hand-embroidered flowers. I think the hardest part will be getting the balance right – allowing the stitching to tell its story without obscuring the fabric beneath.

There is still a way to go … and it may take some time, as I’m setting it aside to the quiet moments so that I can concentrate, for a little while, on getting some smaller pieces ready for the Christmas Fair season … which seems to be sneaking up on me far, far too quickly!

 

And for those who need to see what lies beneath … here’s the back … I think the structure is more evident here … you can see the flower beds growing up in between the rows 🙂