Tudor and Stuart Goldwork Masterclass – More Post

More Post From Thistle Threads

More Post From Thistle Threads

Yet more post from Thistle Threads –  aren’t I a lucky girl!

This time, the post contained the real metal threads for the Spot Sampler, and the materials for two pincushions that also form part of the course. There’s a piece of silk brocade, and two pieces of linen, and even more silk threads… I’ve not caught up with printing the instructions yet, so I’m not quite sure what I’m going to be doing with them, although I have had a quick look, and there’s at least one new stitch variation in among them.

Progress So Far

Progress So Far

And bear in mind, I still haven’t finished the silk work on the Spot Sampler, and that there are going to be even more ornamental stitches to learn. This photo shows my progress so far. Over the last couple of days I have finished the bargello motif and made a lot of progress on the central motif at the bottom. I once reckoned it took twenty minutes to do ten Queen Stitches, and was very depressed by that discovery, but I think I’m speeding up again!

It’s intriguing to see the new fabric created by the Queen Stitches. It’s not often that the effect of stitches is quite so clear. Instead of the ordinary square-woven fabric, the closely-worked Queen Stitches create a sort of heavy openwork lattice. It has a completely different texture to the basic fabric and when I finally finish the piece, I will have to make sure I frame it or mount it in such a way as to make that quite clear.


  1. karen says:

    I love it when you get these parcels…they are soooo exciting!! and one book has arrived in Denmark, one in California!! and one going less than 2 miles from me, Darwen, not a sight of it!! don’t you just love Royal mail?

  2. Elmsley Rose says:

    I got my pincushion pack yesterday too!

    Such yummy rich colours!

  3. Lady Fi says:

    So many exotic names and colours! Lovely…

  4. Margaret says:

    I did a whole pocketbook in Queen Stitch and when it was done it was like a heavy piece of upholstery fabric. But it was lots of work. Your piece looks good so far. Can’t wait to see the gold.

  5. Janice says:

    Mmmm – very exciting pack of threads! So – have I understood…? Are these to work additional stitches on the sampler, over and alongside the silk? It’s looking beautiful so far.