Variations on a theme, 2

Leaf outline
Leaf outline

There’s plenty of variety in the stitching on the bedcover, although the choice is limited to those that can control a fabric much inclined to fray.

You can see here some close blanket stitch, nested feather stitch, and chain stitch used to add details.

The interesting thing that my mother has found as she’s worked on this one is that the spashy, “watercoloury” feel of the original print is becoming something slightly blockier, and more like an oil painting or a pastel. Since as a painter, oils are her first love, I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised…!

Birds in progress
Birds in progress

The birds, here, are a case in point. The slanted satin stitch seems to me an effective cross between feathers and brush strokes, and make for an emphatic motif. We looked hard at this photo, and then went rummaging in both of our stashes for more pinkish reds. It’s safe to suggest that there’s some unpicking ahead…

And while that is in progress, I can report that Episode 26 of SlowTVStitchery is now live! It concerns the distinction between bugs and features, and the siren call of shiny new projects – something we all know about, I think!


  1. This will be so interesting to see when finished, though I suspect there’s a lot of embroidery still to do. I was amused to see stiches as brush strokes given my latest post about Poetry of Stitch. There are so many ways of putting thread and cloth together aren’t there? And how lovely that you and your Mum can share this pleasure.
    Looking forward to the next project from the Virtuosew needle as well 🙂

  2. Lady Fi says:

    So pretty!

  3. Sue Jones says:

    The feather-strokes of the bird are very effective. Truly “needle-painting” on a bold scale. The Tortoise Loft Stranded Cotton Mountain is at your disposal if you have any colour shortages.

  4. Terrie says:

    Very delicate stitching. Movement of stitching like water color painting.

  5. Those stitches really do look like brush strokes!

  6. Jen Mullen says:

    Oh, those birds! I love the finished one and am eager to see the second one in stitches!

  7. Carolyn Foley says:

    The stitching of those birds is interesting. Will have to give that a try.