State of the Tablecloth – 2

Basque And Herringbone Stitches
Basque And Herringbone Stitches

I like Basque Stitch – it has a family resemblance to blanket stitch, and recalls chain stitch as well, so it’s a good stitch to pull together a piece that includes both.

The inner petals are closed herringbone stitch. I’m determined to nail this stitch one of these days, but this is not that day. It was a constant battle, and it looks a bit raggy.

Although not raggy enough for me to unpick it!

Blanket Variation
Blanket Variation

I unpicked and tried several variations for this one, and I’m still not sure of it.

The centre is a spiral of stem stitch, and the blue is the one from the tulip in the previous post.

The outer petals are in fishbone stitch, and the inner petals are in another blanket stitch variation. I think I may have got this one from one of Edith John’s books, and I’m pretty sure it will look much better once the transfer has been washed off. If not, I may have to re-stitch yet again!

Vandyke Stitch
Vandyke Stitch

I think I suggested these might be harebells, or something similar. They are worked in Vandyke stitch, and although they do create a strong effect, it may be a bit busy.

Whatever else it is, this will be a wildly colourful tablecloth!


  1. Elizabeth says:

    Happy to hear that I’m not the only one with Herringbone stitch-problems .. :-)) … Love the blue bells in the Vandyke stitch .. Have a wonderful season, Rachel

  2. Lady Fi says:

    Those flowers are delightful!

  3. Jen says:

    Colorful and creative–a great combination of color and stitches to make a table proud!

  4. Sue Jones says:

    The vandyke petals look good. The tablecloth is turning into another interesting stitch sampler.

  5. Lin says:

    Pretty flowers and I think you are right about losing the markings on that second one. xx

  6. What a great variety of stitches for the flowers. Each and every one is a star!

  7. Susan says:

    I find myself very fond of that first stitch and not seeing it as raggy at all. I really like the blue-purple color of the center petals. I also don’t find the harebells at all busy, but a lovely calming addition, though I’m not seeing the whole thing, of course. It’s a wonderful variety of flowers and stitches, both.

  8. Meredithe says:

    Very pretty stitches

  9. Carolyn Foley says:

    Lots of stitches there that I love to work. Looking into this table cloth will be a great conversation starter.