Golden Accessories – Progress and preparation for the goldwork.

The Acorn Complete

The Acorn Complete

The Acorn itself was finished rapidly, and looks pretty good. For some reason I found it easier, with the second leaf, to work by reference to the first leaf, rather than the chart. You would expect that that would lead to the result being asymmetrical, but I think removing the extra step of checking with the chart was a good idea!

Space For The Gold

Space For The Gold

The next stage is to work the background, leaving space for the goldwork stitches that will embellish it. I really do not want to have to refer to the chart with every line of tent stitch, so I’ve taken some time to outline the placement of the goldwork stitches in back stitch. Doing this has nearly driven me absolutely mad, but it will means that I will be able to count the background from the edge of the goldwork rather than from the acorn, which will be ever so much easier.

The background is dark green tent stitch, and I will next post about this when I’ve finished it, and started the goldwork stitches. It will take a while. There is only so much dark green I can cope with at any one time!



  1. Penny says:

    You are such a patient person — I admire that. When doing a block of color its always best to take time since it can get so tedious (at least that’s what I’ve found). You’re creating a lovely little acorn.

  2. Anita says:

    Tent stitch background…Lots of work and I know you’ve lots of patience ,looking forward to see your progress.

  3. Lady Fi says:

    You have a lot more patience than I have.

  4. karen says:

    good for you marking this out. It will definitely help…

  5. Elmsley Rose says:

    I love this little project – tempted to do it. But there’s so much stitch placement in it!
    It should be gorgeous with the dark green and the gold stitches – can’t wait to see it 🙂

  6. Working in darker threads can be hard on the eyes. I think short bursts suit me best.

  7. Janice says:

    Good idea to mark it out. Already, the little acorn looks so much grander for having the frame around it.

  8. Alex says:

    Marking out is such a good idea and in spite of the effort it took I’m sure you’ll be very grateful when you start on the gold work!

  9. Am sure, as in most pursuits, that careful preparation, even though tedious, will pay big dividends in the end. It’s already looking good – looking forward to seeing more. xCathy