Hearts stitch journal, 28 May 2018

A lovely sunny morning and a pleasant walk around the orchard, dead bunny notwithstanding (Pushkin has killed five full-size rabbits in eight days). Rosa Maigold is in full bloom now, clambering up the nearby trees. I was sold this as a shrub, but it has an open, untidy habit, and an open, untidy flower, so I think it works better as a climber. The lack of light is causing it to twist and turn in every direction and I notice that although the buds face up, the flowers hang down. Today’s threads are blue variegated cotton perlé no 5 and six-strand cottons in green, variegated orange, deep yellow and paler yellow, sewn in four, two and single strands. The stitches are stem stitch for the heart and stem, fishbone stitch for the leaves, detached chain with infill for the calyx and satin stitch for the petals.

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