Margaret Randolph

Margaret Randolph
Margaret Randolph stitched by Jenny

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Friday, 5 April 2013

New stitch

I've learned another new stitch this month: Arrowhead


Makes an interesting filler texture, doesn't it?  Bit of a challenge to work, as it takes two passes in an out-and-back traveling line, and it doesn't really turn corners.  And it EATS floss.  The green background in the upper square alone will need six or seven half-meter strands of silk to fill.  (Naturally, it is also extra-slow going - and frogging is not a sane option.  Any errors are staying right where they are.)


Next challenge is to figure out how to work half an arrowhead stitch.   The red motif over the rose has a secondary star pattern worked into the arrowhead filling, and some stitches will have to be color divided on the diagonal.

Meanwhile, the snow is gone and the sun has come out.  Best of all, it looks like the cast on my ankle will come off at the end of the month and I will finally be able to escape from house arrest - WooHoo!

(The blog and the group have been a sanity-saver!  Dropping in and seeing all the lovely progress updates is a treasure to look forward to.)

Kate

15 comments:

Jenny said...

Hi Kate,
Congratulations on accomplishing the arrowhead stitch! That is really terrific! Your stitching is beautiful. So glad the end is in sight for your cast as well........that is good news!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Love the new start, Kate. I'm glad you are getting the cast off soon. Just in time for nicer weather.

Lanie said...

hmmmm ... that sounds like an interesting stitch, Kate! Your sampler is beautiful. Hope all goes well with your cast removal!

Lelia said...
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Lelia said...

Job Well Done Kate!

silkstitcher926 said...

Kate I am new to the blog. What is the name of your sample? r The arrowhead stitch is very interesting. I have not heard of it. What is it's history? Your work is beautiful. I assume from all the comments, you must have broken your leg. It will be good to get your cast off, I am sure.

PoundingSand said...

Welcome, Silk! This is the Random Motif sampler, 17th century English. I'm drawn to the early samplers because they are so very different from straight cross-stitch and I like to learn new things. (There are days I get in over my head, though, and those simple little X's look very appealing.)

Many of us label our posts - the little red words at the very bottom of the entries. If you click on one of the words, you will get all the entries "tagged" with those words. It's helpful if you want to see the progress for a particular sampler or person.

Kate

Vera said...

Beautiful work Kate. Your arrowhead stitch looks perfect!

Krista said...

Wonderful progress Kate! I had never heard of that stitch before. Great to learn all these new stitches in these patterns!

silkstitcher926 said...

Beautiful work!

MoonBeam said...

Love the motif. Interesting and informative post.

Bobbi

Kathy said...

All of your stitching looks beautiful!

Cindy L said...

Kate, looks beautiful. I have never heard of the arrowhead stitch before either.

Fiona said...

Very pretty stitching. Congratulations on achieving a new stitch.

janitam said...

Stunning , the colors are so beautiful