The Second Worktop Bin

Stage Four

Stage Four

I did indeed find myself mixing and blending a lot of different browns to fill in all those brown sections.

Remember what I said about stash busting being “an inexact science”? Well, the trick about dealing with that (in this context) is to make the various infills and changes look deliberate. I scattered the different shades in a random looking pattern across all the different diamonds. There are four or five different blends, and outside the central section there are only two of each shade in any one row.

Stage Five

Stage Five

The central section has brown diamonds all the same colour because I was using the central section to help me lay out the trellis pattern, and I simply kept going. In fact as I look at the canvaswork while I write this post, the central section blends beautifully into the outer sections. It really does look deliberate.

The tiny diamonds that lift the whole effect are in a very light cream. Fortunately I didn’t need much of this one, and I had enough!

Inside Top In Place

Inside Top In Place

I profited from the experience of making the first little worktop bin, and instead of stitching the inside section after I’d folded back the top and stitched the rim, I worked it while the canvas was still flat, which was altogether easier to do!

Although I confess, I was wondering whether I would have enough of this beige to complete it, or whether I would have to take it out and use a different colour entirely…


  1. Lady Fi says:

    I love the pattern!

  2. Well done on busting some stash!

  3. Carolyn Foley says:

    That is looking very nice even inspiring. So inspiring that I have got me a tin to cover. Now to find all those old threads.

  4. Lin says:

    The different browns give lots of interest – deliberate or otherwise! xx

  5. jenclair says:

    It’s interesting the way the different browns move the eye around the piece!

  6. Penny Baugh says:

    Isn’t is wonderful when ‘it works!’ Brown can be such a grounding color and its perfect in this design.

  7. Sue Jones says:

    Stash expertly busted, Rachel. The regularity of the design benefits hugely from a little variation in the colours, doesn’t it?

  8. Catherine says:

    It’s looking great, and you are judging your stash well by the looks of things! I like it with the subtle changes in colour.

  9. Very lovely bargello work. the colour choices compliment your work.

  10. Really nicely done. Stash busting is quite exciting isn’t it? It seems to extend your creativity as much as buying new materials, which as we know can often languish unused, until it’s stash busting time, of course.

  11. Anita says:

    Lovely pattern and colors as well.beautiful stitching as always.
    All the felted trees are good but I like the first one.Couldn’t leave a comment in that post 🙁

  12. I love the diamond pattern and those little white diamonds just makes the piece pop!

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

  13. Susan Nixon says:

    Thankfully, you didn’t have to take it out because it looks wonderful! I like the different browns scattered around.

  14. Karen says:

    I love the cream centres…..they lift the whole piece. I love that term ”stash busting”. I could do with a little bit of that myself.