Hearts stitch journal, 19 March 2018

A dark grey sky, heavy with snow, for our walk today, and just above freezing. The flakes began to fall as we walked down the lane – dry, powdery snow that I could hear falling through the trees. In the fruit walk, the plum petals are already scattered on the ground – I think this means no crop this year, as there are no bees around to pollinate. The snow is still falling and beginning to settle on the branches, so I think it will be an at-home day today. Today’s threads are grey coton à broder no 16, white rayon machine embroidery thread, white embroidery cotton (about no 40) and green-yellow six-strand embroidery thread (used in two strands). The stitches are free buttonhole for the outline, satin stitch and long-and-short for the petals, French knots and pistil stitch for the stamens, and French knots for the snow.

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