More on the Crock of Gold Hoard

Asymmetric Spiral Trellis

Asymmetric Spiral Trellis

I’ve been making progress on the Crock of Gold Hoard. Quite a lot of progress, in fact. Working spiral trellis stitch in such a way as to leave an asymmetric gap in the middle was a rather odd experience! If you click on the picture to look at it at full size you will see that some of the crossover points where I changed colour break the spiral a little, but in fact I think the effect is working reasonably well.

Padding For The Rim

Padding For The Rim

I decided not to pad this version of the Crock – although who knows what other versions I may try? – but I did feel that padding the rim would help to put the chipwork in the right context when I do it. I happened to have some variegated felt that toned nicely, so I’ve cut two hoops of it and stacked them to form the padding for the rim. It has the added benefit of concealing the raggy edges of the spiral trellis stitch, and should help the rim to stand out a little against the main body of the Crock.

Making A Start On The Dish

Making A Start On The Dish

What I’ve yet to decide is how I shall work the rim, so for now I have set the problem to one side while I work on the dish that was used for a lid. In this case the spiral trellis is worked on the inside of one half of the backstitch foundation and the outside of the other. This may seem another eccentric variation, but bear with me – I have my reasons! I want to maintain the continuous slant in a single direction, which I feel better reflects the texture of a hand made pot, whereas the zig zag effect of trellis worked back and forth across a shape (look at any close up in Month Two of the Glittering NightCap) doesn’t feel quite the right. I grant you that it’s another tiny detail that may not really effect the overall impression, but if I’ve learnt anything in the last few years from Thistle Threads and others, it’s that small details do count.


  1. Lady Fi says:

    Those spiral threads and patterns are really wonderful.

  2. coral-seas says:

    I totally agree, the details make all the difference and definitely worth doing.

    The crock is coming on very nicely, I like all of the changes in shade.

  3. Carol says:

    That looks amazing. Beautiful work!

  4. How many WIPs do you have on the go?

  5. Penny says:

    Oh wow!! This is beautiful — looking at the larger pics it looks woven and reminds me of our southwestern pottery and baskets here in the States. I can never ever tell you often enough how beautifully precise and lovely your stitchery is.

  6. Carolyn says:

    You have really made some progress on this piece. I can see you are working hard on it. I sometimes want to stitch faster to see the end, don’t do that. This is going to be beautiful.

  7. Terriea says:

    Stitching is a beautiful thing. This piece is awesome. The texture and the way of making is wonderful. Love the look and the touch.

  8. karen says:

    wonderful stitching Rachel and I think adding the padding will really add something special. Can’t wait to see how you cover it.

  9. Alex says:

    This is looking stunning – the variations in the colours of the spiral trellis are very effective and the padding matches in so well.