Resurrecting an old idea

"Coalbrookdale By Night" by Philip James de Loutherberg. Copyright The Science Museum
“Coalbrookdale By Night” by
Philip James de Loutherberg.
Copyright The Science Museum

These designs were an idea from years ago, submitted to the Ironbridge Gorge Museum as a possible kit for sale in their shop. Hence the multiple colour schemes – although the orange one is inspired by that famous painting of Coalbrookdale by Night, by Philip James de Loutherberg. The Museum didn’t go for the idea, which is possibly a mercy, as I’ve had a thought since then.

I think it might look altogether more interesting if, instead of reflecting one side of the bridge around the compass to create the corners of a square, I use just one side to make a quadrant design.

My further thought is that, rather than using all tent stitch (as I suspect I would have suggested for a kit), I should maybe use a square canvaswork stitch throughout (maybe mosaic stitch, or cushion stitch) and maybe create a smoother gradiant of colour using several strands of thread in the needle.

However, when I went rummaging for the leftover length of antique cotton canvas I was sure I had left over from a previous project, it wasn’t there. So there is going to be something of a pause, while I work out how much I need, and find somewhere I can order it from.

But in the meantime, Episode 32 of SlowTVStitchery is up, in which details and the upholstery of a stele are considered, and the anouncement is made that Slow TV will continue.


  1. Debbie says:

    I think grading would look really good. The quadrant idea works really well. Is this for a box?

  2. Catherine says:

    I love the colours in this, it will be really striking and a fun way to play with different stitches and threads!

  3. Sue Jones says:

    I suppose you could do it in or nué in a quarter-spiral….. [runs away quickly before Rachel throws a slate frame at her]

  4. I think the corner design is more of a mystery, when you don’t see everything, your brain will be inspired to guess what the rest is.
    Wouldn’t Mosaic Stitch give you more freedom than the larger Cushion Stitch?

  5. Jen Mullen says:

    Love the colors. Eager to see how you develop this idea.

  6. Meredithe says:

    These look great! Can’t wait to see them in embroidery.

  7. Lin Tarrant says:

    Nice vibrant colour schemes – I like the corner idea. xx