Beginning on the Golden Accessories

The Acorn Begins

The Acorn Begins

The Golden Accessories is a set of bonus instructions for three needlework accessories which was supplied with the Tudor and Stuart Masterclass, and now that the Petite Pincushion is finished, I’m starting on the first of them.

The silk work seems to be entirely in tent stitch, so, although the fabric is very fine, it will be simple enough to work. The cold snap at the beginning of the year has roughened my hands, so the silk sometimes catches a little – but in fact, surprisingly little, and at least the wristwarmers make stitching possible at all!

Acorn - First Stitches

Acorn - First Stitches

I’ve been fortunate, since the weather has been kind, giving me good light to stitch by. So good, in fact, that the first two colours seemed to be stitched in no time at all, leaving me positively flabberghasted by my progress. Strange to say, although tent stitch has never been a favourite of mine, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed starting work on the Acorn – I think it is something to do with the silk thread, which is just gorgeous to work with!


  1. Lady Fi says:

    Oh, It’s already looking wonderful!

  2. Janice says:

    Looks gorgeous. I love silk threads too – so much so, that just sitting look at them / fondling them makes me happy!

  3. Penny B says:

    Such fine thread…do you use one strand or two?

  4. stitchfork says:

    The silk thread is perfect – so pretty!

  5. Your stitching is so neat and even!

  6. Anita says:

    I love silk threads..Is it Japanese silk ? looking forward to see your progress.

  7. Elmsley Rose says:

    Oooooo… I luv thistles!
    And the gold stitches on the outside – looking forward to seeing them 🙂

  8. Looking lovely!

  9. Alex says:

    Looking lovely – fabulous colours. On the pattern, what are planned for the blocks on the outside of the acorn?

  10. It looks beautiful. Am envious of your good light. My studio is on the wrong side of our house and the light is terrible, even in these bright sunny days! Still, at least it’s a dedicated work space, which is something. I manage! xC

  11. Silk thread always looks good.

  12. karen says:

    beautiful materials are always a pleasure to work with…

  13. Penny says:

    Love these colors. I just started working with Caron’s silk threads and LOVE them. They are so soft, almost ephemeral.

  14. Jan says:

    Great start on this little project! Yes, silk is a wonder to stitch with. Looking forward to more progress on this.