Continuing the stash busting cushion

The second, simpler version of the stripes works better – much better. I like the deepening colours, and the change of spacing creates a changing rhythm.

The next band uses three different yellows to make little diamond shapes, alternating darks and lights – although as the darks and lights looked closer togther when stitched than on the hank, the alternations don’t show as much as I thought they would!

I became a little ambitious after that, and found a celtic knotwork pattern in a book (Celtic Needlepoint, by Alice Starmore) I inherited with a bundle of other things from a local lady who seems to have been as adventurous with her needle as I am, but with a greater emphasis on counted work.

I went astray a couple of times. Knotwork patterns are a little taxing!

I hadn’t quite recovered from tyeing myself in knots when I did the next narrow band. This was intended to be a chain link pattern, but I ended up with something else – what, I’m not quite sure!

The next Episode of #SlowTVStitchery is now live – remembering the agony of unpicking Akhenaten’s seat, while considering the question of the right style of detail to add to a design, with particular reference to the Christmas Angel.


  1. Jen Mullen says:

    Looking good!

  2. Your needlepoint is looking grand, I love the variety of patterns in the border. I enjoy Alice Starmore’s Celtic designs – I have her Celtic Knitting, so seeing the knotwork brought a smile. Perhaps I should revisit her knitting patterns for my next knitting adventure?
    I was interested in your comments about linen and the cloudy colour. I wonder what colour you envisage your stele being? As a stone object the colour might be more cloudy, depending on the stone used, so perhaps cloudy linen might work? Not that I think velvet anything other than delicious of course – cotton velvet I assume? Silk is far to tricksy to work with!!

  3. Carolyn Foley says:

    The needlepoint is really progressing. Wish my stitches were as regular!

  4. Good progress on the needlepoint. I like your variety of design, especially the Celtic work. I bet it was tricky!
    Wow! Your Egyptians are looking grander each time I look at them. It is nice to hear your voice in the video, too.

  5. Lady Fi says:

    Loving the pattern and colours.

  6. Sue Jones says:

    It’s looking good. The mixture of styles of pattern, colours and widths is giving the stripes a lot of interest.

  7. karen says:

    how wonderful to hear your voice!! It’s also amazing how much more vibrant embroidery appears on video…love it!

  8. Deb says:

    The cushion is looking great. Your patience with the or nue amazes me.