Needlework Nibble – Lady Catherine’s Slipper

Lady Catherine's Slipper

Lady Catherine’s Slipper

As though I haven’t enough to do, I have decided to do another of the Needlework Nibbles from Thistle Threads.

This one has gold curlicues edged in black and the background and lining are of black and gold silk brocade. I hesitated before deciding to take it on – black is a colour I’m not fond of – but since the gold was there to lift it, and since the various challenges of finishing the Nibbles are very good for me, I went ahead.

First Curlicue

First Curlicue

In the instructions, Tricia suggests using brown Micron pen for the main curlicues and black for the ornamental curls. That’s a great idea, but as brown is all I have (from the Glittering Nightcap kit) and my local artists’ suppliers don’t know about Micron I shall simply have to stay alert, especially as the lines have turned out rather faint.

The embroidery in this case seems fairly simple – the golden curlicues are worked in Heavy Chain Stitch, one of my favourites, and the black silk will be worked in Stem Stitch and Split Stitch.

As usual, therefore, the challenge will be in the making up. It will probably take me a week or so, once I’ve finished the embroidery, to gather my courage to tackle the finishing!


  1. Janice says:

    Looks like it will be very pretty. It’s good to take time out to work on these little projects, especially when you’re otherwise focused on very big projects – it breaks them up and sends you back with renewed motivation.

  2. Carolyn says:

    Oh I know that feeling about taking on more work. But this will be beautiful. I have a number of friends who are stitching the casket. (One friend wanted to know why the had decided to stitch their coffin?)

  3. Lady Fi says:

    Oh, it will definitely be lovely when you finish!

  4. Penny says:

    Its going to be beautiful – I love the idea of gold and black. Finishing is always my bug-a-boo. I love the ‘doing’ and hate the finishing!

  5. Alex says:

    That’s so elegant! The gold really lifts the black and I have no doubt it’ll be as beautifully finished as stitched. Glad your tennis elbow is improving.

  6. Jules says:

    Variety is the spice of life! I do love that title, ‘Needlework Nibbles’, I always see a rather charmingly dressed mouse, very Beatrix Potter, silk skein in hand…

  7. I might have mentioned before that I once knew someone who doggedly finished a project before starting on the next one …… she was simply the most boring person I have ever encountered! I think it helps to start a new project – then when you come back to the old onne you have a new enthusiasm for it.
    I would want to start this one immediately – it looks wonderful.

  8. Jan says:

    You always work on such interesting projects – ones I would never try myself. It’s fun to watch and learn about new things.

  9. karen says:

    Love the idea of gold and black, very striking combination. You say you will wait a while before making this up but how long do you think it will take you to complete the embroidery?

  10. Terrie says:

    That must be elegant pair. I can see how a lady looks with it when finished.

  11. Cathy Daniel says:

    You’ll have to sit in a good light to see that one! Still, your stitching looks incredibly neat – as usual. I think it’s good to have several things on the go at once – mixes it up a bit! xCathy

  12. Anita says:

    Very pretty design.Gold and black works out really well in any style of embroidery.I’ve never made a slipper, looking forward to see your finishing process….
    Your cutwork is lovely…I’ve finished one cutwork doily recently so I know how much effort and time goes into a cutwork project..Best wishes Rachel
    I’ve got instructions for the bars in one of my mother’s old magazine,if you couldn’t find yours let me know I’ll send them. (I couldn’t write this in your cutwork post ,some error.. the comment box was not visible )