Little Jacket Again

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You might recall that this shape gave me some trouble when I was working the Coat of Many Flowers. Somehow, that wasn’t the case this time. It appears twice, and while this one is very different to the other, I think it works.

I like the contrast between the Mountmellick stitch facing inwards on one leaf and outwards on the other, the Bonnet stitch edging over the central red section.

I do wonder whether there should be more of the single twisted chain stitches, but I think I’m happy to leave them as is. You might also note, just behind the copyright notice, a tiny Fishbone Stitch leaf. There are a few blemishes on the fabric – to be expected with a jacket that’s probably at least thirty years old – and I’m covering them with these little leaves. I can add more if I find more snags or blemishes, and they will add a bit more fragmentation and frivolity.

The whole theme of this design (if you can call it a Design, when it “just growed” like Topsy!) seems to be counterchange.

This one shows variegated thread and plain thread against plain felt and variegated felt. I’ve kept greens with greens and pinkish reds with pinkish reds, but the whole idea still lies in the layering of detail.

I’m pleased that I found a place for coral stitch as the stem supporting the brown shape, although the rayon yarn is an absolute monster to use. It tangles if you so much as look at it sharply, and while I would normally use a hoop to hold the fabric, giving me two hands for the thread, I’m reluctant to use a hoop on this fabric, so there was instead much muttering ..

There was much muttering, also, as I took the toggle loops off. I’m not quite sure how I’m going to finish the edges of the jacket, when I get there, but I’m already sure I won’t use the toggles and toggle loops which were already there.

They were attached by multiple overlapping lines of machine stitching, and since I wanted to avoid damage to the edging braid in case that remains the finished edge, I had to be very careful. Two evenings of fiddling and muttering produced this rather sad little heap of redundant loops.

But at least they are now off the jacket!


  1. Jen Mullen says:

    The colors and stitch varieties here are just delightful! What a wonder this jacket is turning into!

  2. Alex Hall says:

    I’m sure all the various muttering will be worth it in the end and I am absolutely with you on rayon yarn! That said, you’ve produced a fabulous line with it, so I assume the muttering tamed it!

  3. Lovely embroidery. I’m always muttering to myself.

  4. Sue Jones says:

    I mutter, I have long conversations with myself. I lecture imaginary others. Sometimes it’s good to listen to your ideas in words, out loud – you can’t get away with the same vagueness that can hide woolly bits in your thinking.
    I do like the red flower against the green. And the small leaves to hide imperfections in the fabric are good, too. Maybe make a few of them into insects? I am sure the flowers would attract them.

  5. Carolyn Foley says:

    Muttering to yourself? You are very restrained. I yell, shout, rage and am known to become quite physical when my embroidery just will not behave. The jacket is looking delightful.

  6. Lin says:

    Why is it that something you need to remove is difficult whereas something you want to keep would come off in an instant! Great stitching as always. xx