Watermill Stitchery – continuing the Convento

Burden Stitch does a good job for the wall – you can see it starting here. I’ve used Soft Embroidery Cotton for the underlying straight stitch and a mixture of single strands of ordinary stranded cotton with one of the slightly heavier and more tightly twisted threads from Caron Collection, which has a whole series of warm red and brown colours with some greenish ones to help suggest the variation of colour in the stone wall. I’ve used darker soft cotton at the base of the wall, where there will be deep shadows on the lawn to “ground” the building.

The buildings showing above the top of the creeper-bedecked wall are all rendered rather than rough stone, and I had a bit of fun trying to pull together stitches and threads to represent the tiled roof, shadows under the eaves, the render and the woodwork. How pleased I am with how this section work changes day by day, so I shall leave well alone, until I’m either Definitely Dissatisfied or Supremely Satisfied!

In the bottom right hand corner, you can see the first attempt I made to depict the render on the facing wall, and the rough-cast feel of the turn of the wall. I’m not happy with the roughly-done, diagonal encroaching satin stitch, but I’m very pleased with the multicoloured mixture of French Knots, diagonal cross stitch, and Danish Knotted Cross stitch.

While I was rethinking the render, I worked on the door, which again, was not without missteps. The door surround, I am happy with – it’s Squared Chevron Stitch (found in one of my Edith John books), worked as a counted stitch. I then tried alternating two versions of Herringbone Stitch, hated it, and unpicked it promptly.

Oh, well, second mouse gets the cheese!


  1. Karen says:

    Looking good! The unpicking is where we learn the most, I always think.

  2. Jen Mullen says:

    🙂 you’ll get there.

  3. Alex Hall says:

    I hope all this sampling and experimenting leads to Supremely Satisfied!

  4. You’re making progress.

  5. It is so interesting to read about the choices you make at every turn, stitches and thread, colours and blending them. You always put a lot of thought into your work, and I am sure the result will be Supremely Satisfied – even if you have to unpick parts of the stitching from time to time!

  6. Carolyn Foley says:

    I hate unpicking, but, this is how we learn.

  7. Terrie says:

    It looks really vivid 3D. You’re amazing.