Getting Started on “Evelyn Rose”

Outlining on gauze
Outlining on gauze

I found a gauze with a slight glint to it, stretched it on my frame and drew the design on to it. And at this point, the primary challenge I was going to face made itself felt – finding the angle from which to see the lines on the fabric, so that I could do the stitching. Add in the glint on the fabric, and sometimes I could see the lines, sometimes I could see the fabric, and sometimes I wasn’t sure I could see either… I knew it would be this difficult, by the way, but I thought the end result would be worth it!

Glint On Fabric
Glint On Fabric

The stitching is going to be very simple, mainly satin stitch (yes, I know!) because the main characteristic I want here is the magical effect of the embroidery floating above the backing surface.

Obviously, the first thing to do was to outline every element. I’m using a mixture of silk thread, some vintage, and some from Thistle Threads courses.

Evelyn Outlined
Evelyn Outlined

So here you are – all outlined, and the thorns already in place on the stem. You can see the fabric I have over my worktable through the gauze in this picture, and you can see that glint in the sunshine as well.

The next episode of SlowTV Stitchery – Episode Seven – is now up. It explains why “Slow TV Stitchery” and offers memories of an astronaut. I hope you enjoy it.


  1. Sue Jones says:

    Looks good so far. Are you doing the chain stitch with a needle or tambouring? I can imagine how hard it was to see the markings, but the glittering fabric will add a lot to the magic.

  2. Jen Mullen says:

    So delicate!

  3. Terrie says:

    Clean and clear outline. Love to see your delicate works.

  4. Don’t you feel the strain in your eyes? I sometimes work on shiny fabric and get so tired, I really must pause in between to give my eyes some rest.

  5. Carolyn Foley says:

    I am sure your customer will be delighted with this.

  6. Lin Tarrant says:

    Good luck! xx

  7. Meredithe says:

    Wow! That looks great as it is!

  8. Debbie says:

    Working on gauze is something I’ve wanted to try for a while. Looks beautiful.