A Learning Opportunity

Robin Stumpwork Kit

Robin Stumpwork Kit

I’m a very lucky woman. Sometimes, as in this case, I have to say so through slightly gritted teeth…

In this case, I am expressing my good fortune in having a family that takes my embroidery as seriously as I do – and the gritted teeth are because my parents elected to give me a learning opportunity for Christmas.

Starting The Wired Leaves

Starting The Wired Leaves

Silk shading is something I know I should work at, but would be most unlikely to choose to do, because the naturalistic representation it tends to be used for is not really my forte.

All the more reason, of course, to make an attempt, at least, to get to grips with it, but I haven’t been able to convince myself to do so!

Beginning The Split Stitch

Beginning The Split Stitch

That said, Masako Newton‘s Silk Shading and Stumpwork Robin and Holly is really very sweet indeed, and I am sure I will enjoy working it.

Furthermore, unlike the Jane Rainbow kit my parents gave me for Christmas twenty years ago, there’s no chance of this one being finished quickly.

I will certainly learn a great deal from doing the Robin, and he is going to be classed as one of my New projects for 6 and 6 in 2018.


  1. Lady Fi says:

    Good luck with this new endeavour!

  2. Mam says:

    I saw “silk shading” and thought “this is for Rachel!” sorry about your teeth!

  3. jenclair says:

    🙂 Hope you will relax a little and enjoy the experience!

  4. I know I say it every time you start a new project, but I am looking forward to seeing how this one progresses!!

  5. You’ll be fine! Just make sure it looks like a robin when finished and not like a blue tit :).

  6. Dima says:

    I have the same feelings towards silk shading. I really should learn it, but I’ve avoided it so far. Maybe I should pick a project as well and just get it over with >.<

  7. Meredithe says:

    Hmm, from a quilter’s point of view he looks VERY challenging, but so sweet! It’s good to learn new things (ooh, that could be a mantra for you to use while working on him!).

  8. We love it when family members and friends encourage us to pursue our hobbies, but when they choose the project, we might have to grit our teeth!
    I love stump work and don’t do enough of it, so I feel a bit envious of you. I am sure you will have a beautiful robin one day. Just take your time!

  9. Lin says:

    What a gorgeous project to work on – good luck! xx

  10. Carolyn Foley says:

    I bought a similar kit while I was in the UK but I didn’t have any family expectations to live up to so I ‘gifted’ to a friend. You are far braver than me, which means you will do a fantastic job on it.

  11. wendy says:

    Hopefully you will relax into it and enjoy it. I’d go into it without expectations, see it as having a go rather than mastering it.

  12. Sheryl says:

    This looks a real challenge, the design is beautiful and very realistic, definitely a slow project.

  13. Deborah says:

    The little robin looks lovely.

  14. Sue Jones says:

    He is a sweet little robin, and I am sure you will enjoy working him. Shading with silk is always a good technique to practice. It doesn’t *have* to be used for highly naturalistic designs. And it is something I am still learning by trial and (lots of) error. Getting the play of light on the silk thread to do much of the shading for you is the tricky-but-rewarding bit.

  15. Terrie says:

    Lovely robin there is. Hope to see yours soon.

  16. Jillayne says:

    Oh, I hear you on the whole shading thing… I’ve done two bird stitcheries in the past year and a half and they exhausted me… I loved doing them, was fairly happy with the results (my happiness has grown as the stitching of them gets further away), and am so glad I took the time to do them… some day I’ll tackle another, but not just yet!

  17. Susan says:

    I smiled as I read your post. I don’t know whether it is better to have family support or have a family totally puzzled by what you’re doing! LOL It is a lovely design, and it will be beautiful when you finish.