More Experiments!

Back Of Sample

Back Of Sample

You could be forgiven for thinking that I had finally lost all common sense. We’re all interested in fibre, fabric, and stitch, but even so, expecting you to take an interest in a photograph of a plain piece of felt seems a little extreme.

Especially a very ordinary, single-colour, and entirely unadorned piece of felt.

So what am I up to?

Mischief, of course!

Does it help if I tell you that it’s really quite a thick piece of felt?


Front Of Sample

Front Of Sample


Or does it help if I tell you that this is the front?

I bought an “inspiration pack” of threads, and this thick square of felt at “Sewing For Pleasure” a while back, with absolutely no idea of what I expected or intended to do with it.

While I was wondering about it, I remembered reading about a medieval satchel that had been made by sewing the pieces together within the thickness of the leather. I didn’t feel quite willing to attempt something structural, but it gave me the idea of trying to work a sampler of stitches without the back showing.

Detail Of Sample

Detail Of Sample

I even managed to work some of my favourite stitches.

I originally began with a wavy line of Shell Chain stitch, and then built up the design from there. Some of the threads were too heavy to use in this context, and there was a wonderful heavy slub that I couldn’t find a use for (never fear, I will!) but I had great fun alternating texture and shine, space-filling and line, and just playing.

I have absolutely no idea what I’m going to do with it, but I’m rather pleased with how it turned out!


  1. Lady Fi says:

    I like the purple background and those threads.

  2. Janice says:

    Excellent experimentation! I would just file it away as exactly that – and you never know when the technique will come in useful. Wouldn’t want to try it on a piece of leather though!

  3. jenclair says:

    Leather would be tough on the fingers, but felt provides a wonderful feeling for stitching. Great way to experiment!

  4. elaine says:

    Love it! Sometimes it’s fun to just play

  5. Sue Jones says:

    Trying new things out is such fun, isn’t it? And a very impressive result in this little sampler. I guess that most stitches which work well stitched would suit this technique – which means lots of the ‘Elizabethan’ stitches are up for grabs. (I’ve recently been playing with pattern darning, and was surprised that what looks like a perfect stitching stitch actually needs stabbing to work well.)

  6. What a super sampler – and my brain is already thinking about what I could do with that technique!

  7. Emma says:

    Hello, I was just having a v lovely few minutes looking at your wonderful stitchwork and was v taken by your kumihimo. I think I used to make these braids when I was younger – primarily from embroidery floss and my elder daughter has given them a try too. I couldn’t comment on the kumihimo post though for some reason.

    Many thanks for your comment. Dressmaking you say? Seriously impressive

  8. Carolyn says:

    Sometimes it is nice just to stitch for no particular purpose. Rather like whistling or singing. It makes you feel good.

  9. Penny says:

    How amazing that none of your stitches went through the back (a talent that I’m sure would test my lack of coordination). I agree with Carolyn, sometimes stitching or creating anything for no reason at all is just so much fun.

  10. Cynthia says:

    Hi Rachel,

    I’m sure you will think of something lovely to do with it. The purple is lovely, especially with the variegated threads. I love the combination of dark purples and greens, it is so rich looking.

  11. Jillayne says:

    I should say pleased – it’s quite wonderful! I love the stitches, and the wonderful texture they give. Stitching without going all the way through isn’t always an easy thing – I do it on occasion, especially when decisions are made “after the fact”.
    I’m looking forward to seeing where this goes next…

  12. karen says:

    oh yes…well done. It’s fabulous. I would keep it as a reminder of how clever you are and also for future reference…

  13. Jules says:

    Ooh, interesting – and love those colours!