Goldwork on the Petite Pincushion – Stage Two

Petite Pincushion Eight Sided Interlacing

Petite Pincushion Eight Sided Interlacing

Somehow, progress on the Petite Pincushion accelerated hugely once the silkwork was finished. Each separate metal element (except the border!) proved to be fairly quick to do, and as I’ve already said, I enjoyed them immensely.

The next elements of the Petite Pincushion were the four spots of Eight Sided Interlacing in silver – so, yet another different metal thread to sample. Putting in the foundation stitches was made much easier because the foundation of tent stitches was square, and neatly segmented along each side by the Queen Stitches. Working these fairly zipped along, and I really enjoyed them.

Petite Pincushion - CloseUp

Petite Pincushion - CloseUp

The final section was a border of  hemstitch on Ladder Stitch, with Eight legged Spider’s Web stitch in each corner.

The Eight Legged Spiders Web stitches were easy and fun, filling in the otherwise blank corners beautifully. They’re more stable than the Four Legged variation, so if I were to be mad enough to use this as a pincushion when it’s finished, the spider’s webs would continue to look good under the strain!

I’ve been struggling with ladder stitch throughout the course – if you recall, when I first started working it on the Spot Sampler, I had serious problems with tension and with the thread breaking up. Practice makes perfect, I’m glad to say. By the time I’d worked Ladder Stitch all around the edge of the Petite Pincushion, it was going swimmingly – much to my relief.

The Hemstitches on either side of the Ladder Stitches increase the thickness of the edges, and create a zig zag effect with the horizontals, subtly altering the overall effect.


  1. Love the spider’s web particularly, though all the work is really delightful to see in detail like this.

  2. coral-seas says:

    It looks really good. Glad that you are finally happy with your ladder stitch.

  3. Penny B says:

    Don’t think I would ever want to stick a pin into this treasure of a pincushion! Oh, and I can’t picture you “struggling” with any stitch.

  4. Anita says:

    I love this pincushion.The colors are lovely.Hem stitch border looks great.I can’t put a pin on this beautiful piece.So I guess if it’s mine I will never use this as a pin cushion…..

  5. Elmsley Rose says:

    I love the border! I noticed it immediately after looking at the bling 🙂 Great that the goldwork is sounding so much more ….. accessible.

  6. It all looks fabulous!!

  7. It’s delightful and beautifully stitched. A treasure.

  8. Janice says:

    It looks great. I really like the 8 sided interlacing. I can imagine what a trial that border must have been, especially if the thread kept breaking. But it does look very substantial.

  9. Alex says:

    It’s building up beautifully and all that practice has certainly paid off!!

  10. It looks absolutely exquisite – you can’t use it as a real pincushion, it should be a family heirloom or something! That gold stitching round the edge is mind-blowing. xC

  11. Penny says:

    As I read this post I was struck by how important each group of stitches is. If one is ‘off kilter’ or not properly done then the next one will be more difficult to put right. You are a very patient stitcher!!!

  12. Lady Fi says:

    Wonderful effects!

  13. It looks too good to stick pins in, I think a little glass case would be best.

  14. karen says:

    I am really drawn to the silver work in the corner on the last picture…it’s beautiful.