A Site Visit

The next canvaswork project, commissioned by my cousin, has had a slight change of direction. It is still based upon this drone shot, but it is to be full coverage rather than voided stitches, and it’s going to sit on her bed, worked in colours from the curtains, to pull those colours onto the bed.

So when I went to visit a few weeks ago, I did a site visit – as shown here, including the Hound of the Doleful Countenance, for scale. We’ve decide that the final cushion is to be a rather Biblical cubit in length (that is, forearm from elbow to fingertips), which will go from the middle of one black cushion to the middle of the other, and at least a handspan high.

I’ve also brought home the cover for the doorstop, in the fabric I need to reflect in my thread choices – which means, not only did I not have such a weight to bring home, but my cousin also still has her doorstop!

My next job is to draft out the pattern to transfer to the canvas. Once upon a time, I had canvaswork design software, and I might have tried to chart a design first, but it didn’t include some of the stitches I might want to use, and with so many of the more unusual threads in my view, I will be doing a lot of experimenting along the way!


  1. Clever to leave the doorstop behind!
    Is that a drone shot of a real garden?
    I am sure you will be able to draw a nice pattern without the aid of a software programme.

  2. Sue Jones says:

    A nice meaty challenge for you to get your teeth into. Lots of options for textured stitches in the flowerbeds and hedges. Maybe something like a brick-parquet effect on the paths? That would give you a chance to play with variegated yarns.
    I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

  3. An interesting project you will be working on.

  4. Carolyn Foley says:

    This is going to occupy you for a while but what a nice way to fill the time?