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Progress Report

Progress Report

It’s been very difficult to get back to the Glittering Nightcap, but I must, because in December the Tudor Rose course is starting. There are, I think, four pomegranates, two carnations, and two pansies to do, as well as all the leaves.

First Pomegranate On Brim

First Pomegranate On Brim

The pomegranates are going to be quite a trial. The central section is worked in Trellis Stitch, using the Soie Perlee. I seem to have begun with the one section that was easy to work, because the central section of the next pomegranate – still unfinished – took me several sessions to do, purely because of the angles at which I was attempting to work.

Of course, fugitive winter light isn’t helping, either. Sometimes I finish the other stuff I need to do, sit down at my frame, decide after about three stitches that there isn’t enough light to see what I’m doing, and get up again, muttering discontentedly!

I’ve continued to make changes in the working, as well. I’ve used the Bordered Corded Brussels stitch for both the white and pink sections of the pomegranate, and rather than working the white in a “vertical” alignment, I’ve worked it all “horizontally” – relative to the body of the motif, not to the weave of the fabric, of course.

First Carnation On Brim

First Carnation On Brim

If you look at the top right hand corner of this carnation, you will see one of the hazards of working with Gilt Sylke Twist. The gold wire has scrunched itself up into a single length that looks almost like a bullion knot. What must have happened was that the wire snapped, and then for one reason or another caught on the right side of the fabric instead of continuing through with the needle to make the stitch.

I’ve decided that I definitely prefer Bordered Corded Brussels Stitch to working Corded Brussels stitch into a Chain Stitch border. It is much easier to work, because there’s no fighting through the stitching of the border, and it looks very clean and crisp – at least when I get it right.

I’ve done the buds, the pansies, and one carnation, so now I have three pomegranates and one carnation to do before I move on to the leaves.


  1. Lady Fi says:

    It’s looking utterly fabulous!

  2. Jules says:

    Oh this is terrific!

  3. Jules says:

    This is simply terrific!

  4. Janice says:

    It is certainly glittering! Good luck with getting it completed in time for the other course to start. It’s looking beautiful.

  5. Penny says:

    Its looking quite wonderful to me! It also sounds quite difficult to do – and I admire your tenacity.

  6. Carolyn says:

    Fantastic progress and your stitching is beautiful.

  7. It looks fabulous – I love seeing your stitching!

  8. Kathy says:

    Hi Rachel,
    It’s looking lovely. I really admire your tenacity in working with the gilt silk twist in such a small space- well done! As for the winter light, it’s the worst thing about this time of year. The ” muttering discontentedly” description hit home.
    Liebe Grüße,

  9. Andy LW says:

    I really love the carnation – wouldn’t have noticed any imperfections!

  10. Terrie says:

    Beautiful work. Great textures.

  11. karen says:

    the detail which is especially visible in the second image is stunning, truly beautiful Rachel

  12. Ah, I love the pomegranate! We’ve just come back from Turkey where a friend of my dad’s gave us about eight HUGE pomegranates – they’ve not been my favourite fruit when I’ve had them in this country, but these ones were truly excellent.