Floral Glove Needlecase Kit – Silk Work Finished!

Floral Glove Needlecase Kit - Silk Work Done

Floral Glove Needlecase Kit - Silk Work Done

I’ve finished the silk work on the Needlecase Kit!

The new stand has been working well – it is very adjustable, so I can make it suit wherever I am sitting, and the magnifying glass has been very helpful too. The only slight hitch with the magnifier is that stitching away at magnification becomes normal and then when finishing off threads at normal vision, I get slightly spooked to realise how small the stitching is!

As I have said, I am not really a fan of satin stitch and long and short stitch, perhaps because I am self-taught. Both of these stitches look simple, but are difficult to execute well, and so are very dispiriting for someone learning from books, with no-one to give hints and tips for excellence. How I long to have had a Miss Hunter to help me!

Actually, the instructions that Tricia Wilson prepared for the course are very nearly as good as having her beside you. They are copiously illustrated with very high resolution photos, so that it becomes a matter of seeking to make the view through the magnifier match the printout.

I’m even coming to think I may enjoy satin and long and short stitch, in small doses!

The kit included whole spools of the silk thread, so I have plenty left to play with. I’m not expecting to go so quickly with the goldwork, but the instructions come nicely spaced out so there will be time to take stock and work on other projects as well.


  1. Lady Fi says:

    Lovely..such delicate strokes of silk.

  2. Shelley says:

    Lovely stitching on your blog! I love the kind of stuff you do but, unfortunately, my eyes don’t anymore ………… enjoy it while you can!

  3. Judith says:

    Looking good Rachel. I have found the Stitch on line dictionary as well as the techniques pages very helpful.

  4. karen says:

    your work is always so beautiful, so precise and neat. It’s a joy to look at.

  5. Janice says:

    Beautiful work, Rachel. Congrats on the long and short stitch. I went brifly to classes so I know how to do it (which isn’t the same as doing it well!) and I also know that most books give misleading illustrations that seem to indicate the is no overlap between the ‘layers’.

  6. Julie says:

    Oh, wonderful! I haven’t had a chance to start this yet. Am almost finshed with another class, and this is next on my list. So nice to see someone working on this. I have to admit that I was intimidated at first by how small the design was. I ‘d pick it up, look at it, make a comment on how tiny it was and you couldn’t possibly do shading in that tiny area, and put it down! I am encouraged to begin now, having seen what you have accomplished.
    Are you taking the Masterclass also?

  7. Rachel says:

    Yes, I’m taking the masterclass too.

    Actually – given reasonable eyesight and a decent magnifier! – it really isn’t that scary. And it is fun. Just take it very slow and don’t feel pressured into keeping up with the actual course timing.

  8. Elmsley Rose says:

    Mary Corbet from Needlenthread did a great series of very thorough on-line lessons on long and short stitch. http://www.needlenthread.com/2009/08/long-and-short-stitch-lessons-index.html
    And there’s a Flickr gallery of everyone else’s work from the course too. She definitely gives hints and tips, and you can write to her if you have a particular question – a lovely lady.

    I can’t get a close up pic, but it looks like you’ve done a beautiful job.

    I have a quiet hope that the Glove will be released as a kit one day, since I didn’t do the course.