Hearts stitch journal, 01 May 2018

A cold, sunny morning, which is a relief after so much rain. Out in the orchard, the forget-me-nots have come into flower. Wild forget-me-nots – myosotis arvensis – have a very tiny flower, much smaller than the garden variety, and the flowers unfurl from a scorpion-shaped stalk, gradually changing colour from pink to lilac to blue. The flowers are edible, but only in very small amounts, as they are toxic to the liver – I stick to borage. Today’s threads are pale blue cotton perlé no 5, green six-strand cotton, used in one and two strands, blue coton à broder no 16, yellow coton à broder no 20 and lilac Indian rayon, used single strand. The stitches are Palestrina stitch for the heart, stem stitch for the stems, fishbone for the leaves, lazy daisy for the blue flowers, French knots for the stamens and four, three, two and one-wrap French knots for the lilac flowers.

This month I’ve chosen a very pale green dress-weight linen and am trying something new by using fusible lightweight interfacing on the reverse.

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