Continuing The Worktop Bin Cover

Bargello Panel

Bargello Panel

Once I’d settled on a pattern, it fairly romped along. Ten count canvas is such a lovely rest after the forty count linen of Eve In The Garden Of Eden!

As with the Crazy Canvaswork Cushion, I’m not buying extra wool for this, hence the row of light stitches which aren’t the same shade as the other two. Most of the thread is Paterna Persian Yarn, but the odd one out is Appletons. The texture and level of shine are different, but then, anything will be better than a sawn-off milk bottle!

Edges Turned In

Edges Turned In

The next stage is to turn in three of the edges. I’m going to use the canvas at the bottom to help create the bottom of the bin, so I’ve left that, but the short edges will be seamed together – somehow (I’ve not solved that puzzle yet!).

Herringbone Edge

Herringbone Edge

I’ve learnt, over the years, that it is better to finish the folded edge of a piece of canvaswork than it is to try to fold the edge to be completely invisible.

So what will be the top edge of the bin has now been finished with herringbone stitch. It creates a lovely piped effect, much denser and firmer than a simple overcast stitch, and that will be very useful to help the bin stand up!



  1. Jules says:

    I rather like the shading, and it’ such a pretty colour.x

  2. What sort of worktop are we talking here? I’m assuming it’s to be a vessel to house offcuts of thread etc on your creative worktop and not the kitchen??

  3. It’s going to be a very posh bin!!

  4. Catherine says:

    I love it! And a very high class bin top 😀 I’m just learning canvaswork for the first time, and there is such a wonderful array of new stitches, and you have finished them off beautifully.

  5. Carolyn says:

    I like the effect the different colours gives. Are you sure you will be able to use that bin now it will be looking so swank?

  6. Lady Fi says:

    Lovely stitching!

  7. Penny Baugh says:

    I love these colors. As always your stitching is impeccable!

  8. Sue Jones says:

    That will be a very smart bin. I think you’ll find just a normal sewn seam will work on the side – use normal sewing thread and stitch together on the wrong side, in the same column as the woollen stitches. Leave just a little play in the stitches – don’t pull them too tight so the seam can’t lie flat. The wool will hide the seam. I like your top edge, distinct but not clumsy.

  9. Alex Hall says:

    Lovely warm colours and I really like the herringbone edge – a great tip!

  10. Karen says:

    I always love the precision of your canvas work Rachel…

  11. This is going to be such a pretty little bin for beside your chair when you’re stitching! I clicked on the photo to make it bigger and I can see that it’s also going to have a lovely texture.

    Thanks so much for linking up to last week’s Stitchery Link Party. Aloha hugs!

  12. Susan says:

    It’s a lovely design. You do so MANY kinds of needlework. I’m always astonished at the variety.