Frolicking Teddies – Part Two

Cone In Braid Stitch

Cone In Braid Stitch

The logo on the Frolicking Teddies Cot Blanket was an interesting element to work. It consists of a letter “S” superimposed over an ice cream cone. Clearly as a graphical element, it needed to be consistent in feel – achieved by using the same thread in each part of the logo – but I also felt that stitches that would work for the “S” might not work for the ice cream cone.

In the end, I used the ordinary Braid Stitch for the ice cream cone, producing a strong, textured line. This is actually an easier stitch than it looks, and in fact when I have a broad line to cover, braid stitch is one of my favourites.

Logo for the Family Business

Logo for the Family Business

The “S” was a slightly harder question. I wanted it to be solid and “blocky”, and yet not to have excessively long stitches that might catch. I also wanted the thread to show to its best advantage. In the end I stitched most of it in vertical satin stitch, but outlined it in stem stitch and then created an ornamental line down the widest part, taking my cue from the pierced effect sometimes used for capital letters in illuminated manuscripts. I think this may well be the element I am most pleased with!

Morse Code Teddy

Morse Code Teddy

As this was a commission, of course I signed my work. One of the Marching Teddies is kicking a small cartouche in which my initials are worked  – in Morse Code, as has become my habit, using French Knots and Bullion Knots.

I decided to line the Cot Blanket. With silk, of course. Although I rather doubted that it would be used except on special occasions, I thought it would be better to protect the back of the work from little kicking feet and little sharp nails! Attaching the lining was a time consuming operation, since I had to make sure it was very firmly attached, without pulling or dragging at any point.

I also provided a tiny leaflet explaining the idea of the design and saying a little about how it was done. This was my very first real commission, and I am glad to report that the client was delighted.


  1. coral-seas says:

    I should think they were pleased! Signing your work in Morse code is a really good idea, it has proved to be very flexible.

  2. Nicely done. Braid stitch is new to me. I admire the way you think so carefully about what stitch to use where. It always works so well. And signing in morse code is a very creative idea… now I’m going to think about various cyphers… Have a happy day!

  3. Janice says:

    Of course they were delighted! You’ve paid such attention to detail. I suspect it would have been used. I always think cot quilts are safe places for embroidery. I wouldn’t put that much effort into a covering for a child’s bed, where rough handling would be par for the course!

  4. Alex says:

    Love the variegated blues in the initial. I was half expecting the cartouche to have hieroglyphics in it, rather than Morse Code!

  5. Lady Fi says:

    What lovely work! Just delightful and something to be treasured.

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