Making It Up As I Went Along – Part Three

Close Up 3

Close Up 3

The final set of stitches for the sampler panel starts with Chained Feather Stitch, using very heavy plain pearl cotton

Braid Stitch (number eleven) is another stitch I’m fond of – I used it on the Frolicking Teddies Cot Blanket. It’s a stitch with a huge personality, so it needs to be used with care, but it’s a good one to have in the repertoire. The thread is another overdyed mercerised round yarn, and because braid stitch uses so much thread, it cycles beautifully through the colours and shows them off very well.

Stitch number twelve is Reverse Chain Stitch. This is a stitch I’d never used before the Goldwork Masterclass, but it is a very useful one, because for some threads it is much easier to work than conventional Chain Stitch.

Stitch number thirteen is Cretan Stitch. This is a great border stitch, but because the thread I chose – an overdyed soft cotton – was in a green that was rather close to the colour of the felt, I decided to add a row of Chain stitch in a very dark green silk to define the edge. It balances the cream Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch at the other end beautifully.

Layout For Tools

Layout For Tools

I double checked that I was happy with the layout for the tools by pinning an outline of the two wooden tools onto the felt.Since I used squared paper for the templates it was also very easy to plan where I would place the slits that would allow to tools to be held in place, and to line them up properly.

Then all I had to do was to make use of my mother’s buttonhole cutter to cut the slits – straight through the paper template – and reassemble the two layers. That was harder than I expected. I’d forgotten that felt is a very flexible material, and it bent and stretched itself, and needed to be coaxed back into shape, and then pinned firmly back into stability. Then I chain stitched down each spine, and blanket stitched around the edge….


  1. Penny says:

    Your stitchery continues to amaze me! Very exciting to see this come about.

  2. Carolyn says:

    Oh the joys of stitching on felt. I sometimes think there are little elves that live in that felt and move it around when I’m not looking. It is a lovely piece.

  3. Janice says:

    Are you going to show us a photo of the completed panel? And maybe Action Ma’am’s face when you passed it over on Christmas Day…?! It’s such a lovely, thoughtful gift and I hope she will find time make good use of it.

  4. ladyfi says:

    It’s all starting to come together! Hurray.

  5. karen says:

    I am enjoying the step by step reveal of this project….keeping us hanging on….

  6. Penny Berens says:

    You are having fun! Felt is nice to stitch on isn’t it. Have you ever done stump work? I expect you have…seems to me like something that would suit you.