I haven’t done much stitching (ok, I haven’t done any stitching) for the past week, but last week, I managed the thistle on the Breath of Spring project I’m working on.
I like the thistle. It’s worked with simple stitches – the base of the flower is long and short stitch in a dark green, crossed with a lattice of light green, and the thistley part of the thistle is stitched in various lengths of daisy stitches.
I like the variegated purple selected for this flower – it ranges from very, very pale, to a medium-dark.
Most of the detached chain stitches that make the head of the thistle shoot upwards, but there’s a little skirt of stitches pointing down, overlapping the base of the flower (is a thistle a flower or a weed?) that add a bit of depth and reality to the look of the flower.
I should have layered my detached chain stitches a little better, starting first with very long ones, and then building shorter ones on top of that. Instead, I worked in a rather random way until I had the head of the thistle filled up. I’m not quite inclined to take the stitches out and do it over, though – overall, I think it looks ok.
One thing I might do over on this is the lattice work. On the pattern, it’s drawn out in very evenly spaced rows, but I think it almost looks too even for such a haphazard, wild looking garden! We’ll see.
So there’s the thistle. Today, I just might tackle that caterpillar….