Hearts stitch journal, 23 March 2018

     

Another very dark and grey morning, with a light mist. It rained heavily overnight and everything is wet through. The ditches are leaping into life now and the leaves of wildflowers are pushing their way through, though there are few blooms as yet. One exception is the wood sorrel, whose dainty, nodding heads are now visible on the bocage bank – later they will open into lovely star-like flowers. Today’s threads are Cartier-Bresson grey coton à broder, DMC green retors d’Alsace no 12 and Anchor palest pink variegated embroidery thread used in two strands. The stitches are single threaded running stitch for the outline, satin stitch for the leaves, stem stitch for the stems, fern stitch for the calyxes, and eyelet and straight stitch for the petals.

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