24th Feb 2008
This was made for week two of the Personal Library of Stitches Class, back in November-December 2007. Weeks one and three samplers can be found here.
The lesson was on the concept of “point” — stitches that can stand by themselves, or be grouped for certain effects. I used a piece of the wool that I purchased for an Advent stole (to be posted later this week), thinking that I would embroider it rather than doing all of the embellishment by machine. I ended up going a much simpler route for the stole, because the relatively loose weave of the fabric made it difficult to needle and keep the stitches uniform.
The picture is not as clear as I would like, due to the need for a flash on the dark color and the sheen of the threads. The Pekinese stitches, top right and laced with gold floss, especially do not stand out as much as they do in person.