Hearts stitch journal, 05 May 2018

Awoke to a peachy dawn this morning, and a beautiful, crisp spring day, the temperatures just short of frost but due to ramp up as the day goes on. Everywhere in the lane, the pignut is in flower. Not such a charming name, but once a useful spring survival plant due to its edible root, which must have been very welcome as the winter clamps of parsnips and mangels ran out. Hence: “Here we go gathering nuts in May….”. Today’s threads are peach and yellow 1920s rayon floss, green retors d’alsace no 12, and green and cream six-strand embroidery cottons, sewn in two strands. The stitches are chain stitch for the heart, stem stitch for the stems, fern stitch for the leaves, fly stitch for the stalks and French knots for the flowers.

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