Hearts stitch journal, 12 April 2018

A bright, silvery morning, everything wet from last night’s rain, which began with a deluge at 7.00pm and kept it up all night. In the chasse coops, a peach tree is coming into flower. Unfortunately, the fruit all drop behind the fence where I can’t get at them. Today’s threads are pale grey L Boucher rayon, which arrived yesterday; brown and pink 1920s rayons; burgundy Indian rayon; and vintage yellow cotton no 40. The stitches are heavy chain for the outline (I love the gleaming effect of this high-quality rayon), stem stitch for the stems, detached chain for the petals, eyelet for the stamens and French knots for the stamen tips. And that’s the second row of April completed.

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