I managed to get in a bit of stitching this weekend!
That’s Big News! Once upon a time, weekend stitching was a normal thing in my life. I’m trying to reclaim that.
And while I didn’t get massive amount done, it was nice to get something done. Just a little bit of progress is always better than no progress at all, after all.
The stitching I’ve been doing on this project is very simple, very relaxing, not complicated at all.
What makes this project (which I mentioned previously here) particularly appealing to me is the fact that I’m working on linen, and that the linen is pre-finished. When I finish the embroidery, the project is ready!
I love that.
I’m only using three stitches on this: stem stitch, satin stitch, and split stitch.
This simplicity in the choice of stitches is typical of embroidery on household linens like this small tea cloth. Most embroidered household linens – whether they are linen or cotton table decor, or cute cotton accent towels, or cotton or linen bed linens like pillowcases, or embroidered upholstery for the living room – are not overly complicated with a gazillion types of stitches.
Normally, household linens are only worked with a small handful of stitches.
The most complicated of embroidered household items might be something like a sofa pillow embroidered with crewel work involving a somewhat larger – but not huge – variety of stitches.
But aside from crewel work like that, most embroidery used to accent usable linens rely on very few types of stitches.
I was thinking about this point while stem stitching. Stem stitch is my go-to for line stitching. It is an inherently pretty stitch that’s easy and quick to work.
I thought about my own small collection of vintage and antique linens – I have a few table cloths, tea cloths, runners, and handkerchiefs that I’ve collected over the years – and how these linens of old, which were made with such skill and dedication, are so beautiful. And one of the reasons they are so beautiful is because of their simplicity.
Thanks to their simplicity, you can really see the embroidery. Your mind isn’t bamboozled with all kinds of complicated layers and levels to discern. The embroidery does what it’s supposed to do – it embellishes – but without being overdone.
I think that’s a good thing.
And yes. I do love the fact that this linen is pre-finished.
Italian linen, hemstitched and ready to use?
A project that just involves the fun part – the embroidery – and no finish work?
What’s not to love?
So that’s where I am on this project. I’m about finished with half the greenery. Then I’ll add some satin stitched berry accents and call it finished: a quick project that will make a good Christmas gift.
For once, I’m ahead of the game on holiday stitching.
It actually feels kind of weird…