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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

Eve’s Garden – boro keepsake quilt

It has been a tiring few weeks, preparing for and attending my last two craft fairs of the year, so I am glad to be back working on my boro keepsake quilt – Eve’s Garden.

The structure is all in place, the neat rows of running stitch are all done. Now I have started on the decorative hand-embroidery detailing in the spaces between …

In the borders I am using a repeated motif of stem stitch, with lasy daisy, rosette chains and web stitch interspersed, working in perle no 8 – my new favourite embroidery thread.

I have embroidered lazy daisy into the little squares where the lines of running stitch intersect … the obsession with french knots also seems to be continuing. I am trying to keep the palette of stitches fairly restricted, using them to bring order to the underlying random interweaving of the fabric.

There are more french knots and lazy daisy stitching in the central diamonds.

Still a long way to go, but progress is being made. I am hoping to finish it by Christmas, but it may take a while longer … as a piece of work I find it quite draining, so I need to break away from it every now and then to work on something more simple and smaller in scale. We shall see how those distractions work out in the next few weeks.