Right now, Quaker motifs are very popular for counted cross stitch, and I really love the look of them. When I was working on this perforated paper embroidery project last week, I couldn’t help wondering if Quaker motifs would ‘work’ with surface embroidery stitches. So I’m going to try an experiment.
I’ve drawn up a hand embroidery pattern based on the Quaker motif I used on the paper project. It is, in shape and layout, pretty much the same design, but the use of surface embroidery stitches, I suspect, will change the look of the design quite a bit.
Here’s my line version of the motif:
Here’s a PDF of the same pattern:
Ussing the PDF, the pattern should print at approximately 4.5 inches square. It can probably be taken smaller, but for this test run, I thought a medium-sized medallion would work best.
I’m going to combine a variety of stitches on this piece, sticking with the notion that the Quaker motifs generally come from samplers. My plan so far includes the following stitches:
I’ll be working on this project over the next few weeks. I’ll be stitching on a sturdy linen (Thank you, Méi! I can’t wait to use some Portuguese linen!), but I haven’t decided 100% on the threads yet. I think it will take some playing to figure out the best options.
What think you? Will this come off, or should I leave the Quaker motifs in their regular form, as counted cross stitch pieces? What’s your take?