Finished the silkwork on the Petite Pincushion!

Petite Pincushion Silkwork Finished

Petite Pincushion Silkwork Finished

Born teacher that she is, Tricia provided two additional projects with the Tudor and Stuart Goldwork Masterclass. After all, practice makes perfect, and practice is much more palatable when it produces something pretty at the end.

The silkwork of the Petite Pincushion is primarily worked in queen stitches. As you may have gathered, I’m not especially keen on counted work, regarding it as a salutary discipline rather than a pleasant pastime. I’ve been rather pleased that I’ve persisted with it in these cases, which is testament to the enjoyment I’ve been getting from learning the new stitches, and my desire to play with them even more.

Petite Pincushion Quadrant CloseUp

Petite Pincushion Quadrant CloseUp

Not that it has been entirely straightforward. The tent stitch corner panels were quite a strain – it’s astonishing how, even with a magnifier, I’ve managed to miss the odd stitch or set it crooked and have to unpick it and try again.

I never thought I would say this, but the queen stitches were easier! They interlock nicely, creating a textured, almost brocade-like surface which will make a good background for all the goldwork stitches that fill in the strapwork.


  1. Your eyesight must be very, very good!
    I was given a blog award, which I’ve passed on to you – hope you don’t already have it, and that you don’t mind.

  2. coral-seas says:

    I really like the look of the queen stitches pulled tight to give a lacey effect. I must remember that when I finally get around to doing my sampler!

    I can picture this with the gold, I think it is going to look very nice indeed.

  3. Janice says:

    I had no idea you don’t enjoy counted work – you’ve never given that impression. Perhaps you enjoy it more than you knew!!!
    If this is a petite pincushion, then the scale of these stitches must be miniscule? Very pretty.

  4. Anita says:

    You’ve pulled the threads evenly while working queen stitch,wow! It’s very pretty.
    Could you please tell me the count of the fabric which you’ve used?

  5. This is so dainty – and will look wonderful with thee goldwork. I am really amazed to hear that you don’t enjoy counted work!
    (I would love to be able to count threads, but alas I must stick to freestyle work. Years ago I attemped to follow a few cross stitch charts, but always doing a design which was very forgiving – to allow for the times my mind wandered and I miscounted!)

  6. Penny says:

    Lovely! I too like the Queen stitch. A long time ago I spent many an hour over cross-stitch! Such tiny counting work. I did manage to make enough pieces that my relatives were hoping I’d move onto something else and stop sending them any more! *smile*

  7. Elmsley Rose says:

    Beautiful! Yay!

  8. Carol (DrMom) says:

    Good for you! Beautiful work! My petite pincushion has been hibernating but I pulled it out of the closet the other day and it’s sitting here reminding me that it needs to be worked on.

    I love queen stitches, they are very relaxing to do and beautiful when finished (although, like you, I don’t care for counted work very much).

  9. I love that Queen stitch! Very pretty.

  10. Mandie says:

    The tiny queen stitches are amazing!

  11. Lady Fi says:

    Oh, that looks amazing!

  12. I was just about to comment, when your coment arrived!! Your stitching is beautiful ….. this is much too pretty to use as a pincushion!!

  13. I love this piece – obviously – as it is based on a quilt-block like my own work. I am also into sea-horses at the moment, and the one on your last post is really sweet. Do their tails also curl the other way or have I got it wrong – again !

  14. karen says:

    I understand your frustration with the unpicking…I just had to unpick a lot of cross stitch as I counted three in several areas instead of four!

  15. Meandmykat says:

    Queen stitch looks wonderful! I don’t even know what it is but got interested in learning and having a try. In a larger scale, though…All the best from Stockholm.