Tulip Needlework Nibble – Getting Started

Tulip Kit And Finishing Kit

Tulip Kit And Finishing Kit

My kit and finishing kit for the Tulip Slip Needlework Nibble arrived very promptly. They have obviously got all this down to a fine art, now, at Thistle Threads, because I was expecting it to be another week at least!

My Tulip Kit contains the linen and silk for the embroidery, while the finishing kit contains silk velvet for the pincushion, gimp to edge the slip, and Grecian Twist to trim the pincushion when it’s finished. The parcel also contained information about the Exhibition being supported.

Tulip Kit - Silks and Chart

Tulip Kit - Silks and Chart

I’ve said before that I colour in charts when I’m about to start on counted work. I should have explained that I don’t colour in the whole thing, or at least, not necessarily. The second photo shows the linen and silks lying on my printout of the instructions. You can see that in this case I’ve picked one colour in each section to colour in. Usually it’s best to pick one of the middle tones, because if a design is properly charted, as this one is, the dark colours will have dark symbols, and the light colours, light symbols. The coloured shade is to help make it clear which of the medium-to-light tone of symbols is which.

It is really simply there to help me find my place on the chart just at a glance, without having to take to long to check I’m still doing the right thing!




  1. Elmsley Rose says:

    Anything that helps with counted stitch is a good thing, IMHO.

    What lovely materials and instructions (as usual). Doesn’t look like much thread – or is it single strands you’re using?

  2. Lady Fi says:

    I bet this is going to look lovely when it’s finished.

  3. karen says:

    can’t wait to see this one finished, I adore silk velvet.

  4. What a good idea to partially colour-in a chart – I hadn’t thought of that but I can see how well that would work.

  5. Your little kit looks as though it will produce a beautiful finished product. I love the idea of using silk velvet.

  6. Alex says:

    It looks like a really interesting kit and the silk velvet will be a lovely addition.

  7. Janice says:

    It’s a very good idea, and one which I shall shortly be drawing upon when I start work on the first of four Christmas stockings. Don’t think I’ve ever seen silk velvet, so looking forward to seeing that on the finished item.