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:
Hand Embroidery Pattern: Quaker Motif for Surface Embroidery Stitches
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:
Long and Short Stitch
Fly Stitch or Fishbone Stitch (haven’t decided which on that one yet)
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?
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