I’m so relieved that my eye complaint is finally improving…
The other day I found myself searching for ages for a particular file on my computer – as you do - and came across a couple of things that I’d overlooked.
The first is my personal version of a stitch I’ve seen on one particular historical sampler.
The picture I have of it is quite clear, in that I can see the second, larger chain, goes all the way round the smaller chain in one action.
I think you could describe this stitch as a ‘braided chain’. As I said, I have only seen one example of it and the closest thing I could find to its construction was the ‘Hungarian Braided Chain’. What is unique about this kind of stitch is that both chains are worked simultaneously and you complete them in one journey.
Its a very nice stitch, even if it is possibly only a bit of my personal guesswork?
The other interesting item I came across was the sketch below. I realise I haven’t yet done the second part of my visit to Witney Antiques. Alas, I seem to have temporarily mislaid my notes. Or put it another way, I am scared to look in the very last place they could be. So, I thought in the meantime I would show you a quick sketch I did of a tiny section of the goldwork gauntlets that were on display there, if you recall.
I made the sketch from the fine image in the catalogue.
I think the original detail is only about 2 cms across – can you imagine all that work in such a tiny space!
A Little Knitted Interloper
Isn’t it weird the way one idea feeds into another? After working out how to make DBH evenly-shaped, I found I understood the self-selvaging sides of knitted fabric that much better. That insight led me to experiment with another pattern of mine, for this leaf.
As you can see, I was mainly concerned with mimicking the serrated edge effect. Oh gosh, I just adore leaves!
Ideally I would like to produce this leaf pattern as another pdf file for sale, but I’m really worried that the pattern is hiding in the same place as the notes for Witney, that I mentioned earlier.
I suppose all these missing bits and bobs prove to me, either that I should tidy my stash more often, or better still, perhaps never tidy it again!!!