Rain again today for the most part – so concentrated on more hand stitching, which I really love.
I enjoy the rhythm. Hand stitching also gives me a feeling of being connected to all the women down the ages who have stitched.
Doing as much hand stitching as I am on a piece this size is not at all cost effective – the stitches and threads I use are so small and fine that they take an age to do so if the piece ever sells – I will probably get twopence an hour for my time! But I still adore hand stitching.
Tip for the day is to use a fine a needle as you can when stitching on tissue paper – or any paper – as the needle leaves small holes in the paper unlike fabric where it has more chance of pushing the fibres aside. My other tip for hand stitching;- if you are using an circular embroidery hoop – is to have the hoop “Upside-down” ie put the big section – the outside rim on the table – place your fabric on top and then push in the inner ring – this means that the little screw for tightening the hoop is underneath – and you do not get your thread caught up in it