Getting Back To William Marshall

William Marshall panel, with guidelines for basketweave underside couching finally in place.

You probably recall that before Christmas I had started to practice my basketweave underside couching and had even got as far as drawing in the guidelines.

And there, I got stuck. Partly because my stitching frame was in the way of the Christmas tree and had to be folded down, and partly because I rather lost my nerve – the interval, you understand!

Finished practice panel of basketweave underside couching

I decided to finish the test patch with the actual thread I’d decided to use, and then I would have No Excuse.

And in fact, this doesn’t look too bad, does it?

There are bits I’m less than chuffed with, but on balance, the pattern is fairly clear, clearer than on the previous piece, and I think I have to decide that any further improvement had better take place in situ, as it were.

About four rows of underside couching in place!

So here I go!

I decided to start on one of the straight lines I drew at intervals to help make sure I stay on track, and slightly off-centre, so that any particularly egregious infelicities in the changeover aren’t bang in the middle. You may recall that one of the discoveries from the practice piece is that I am more comfortable working horizontally and away from me. So I will work from this point to the far edge, and then turn the frame around, and work to the far edge in the other direction.

Wish me luck!


  1. It’s looking good, so Good Luck!

  2. Sue Jones says:

    I do wish you the best of luck, Rachel, but you will soon learn to take minor inconveniences in your stride once you have the confidence. The sample is good, so you should do now.

  3. Linda says:

    It is hard getting back to something when you leave it for a while but it’s looking good so far.

  4. Alex Hall says:

    All the very best of British, but I’m confident that you will nail it!

  5. Carolyn Foley says:

    Wishing you luck, but really, I don’t think you need it.