Stash Busting Canvaswork Footstool -2

As this is a strictly stash-busting exercise, and I wanted to balance the colours across the central bar, I started by finding the colours I had two skeins of, and putting them in order of intensity. This is Jacquard Stitch, but where the classical colour patterning is one colour for the broad stripes and another for the tent stitch, here I have simply cycled through the colours, so that each colour has a chance at both stripes.

On the other side of the central bar, the same colours, but this time in a variant of Moorish Stitch. I felt the same pattern of colours would be a bit too obvious, so this is a simple stripe, and where classically there is a row of tent stitch between each row of squares, this time I simply used a row of tent stitch in the darkest shade to “reset” the pattern.

And here is the result.

The stripes run the same way and balance each other very nicely, I think. I like the way the alternations in the Jacquard Stitch seem so very active, while the Moorish Stitch section is quieter and creates a simple shaded effect, rather like a row of cylinders side by side.

Episode 39 of SlowTV Stitchery is now live, on the delights of careering through history, the plethora of Mathildas in post-Conquest English royal circles, and giving some consideration of the eventual display of the piece.


  1. Sue Jones says:

    I like your stripey stitches. They are sufficiently different while still being sufficiently alike. It’s not easy getting that sort of balance just right.

  2. This is a beautiful canvas sampler, and no one would know you are using up odd skeins from your stash.

  3. Lady Fi says:

    Oh, I love this!

  4. Sheryl says:

    I like this combination of patterns with the darker tone dominating the center and balancing each side.

  5. Jen Mullen says:

    Oooh! Looking good!

  6. Carolyn Foley says:

    This makes me want to try some canvas work. I haven’t done any for years but I think I will try again.