Hearts stitch journal, 11 June 2018

A cool, grey, foggy morning but fortunately not actually raining as we took our walk round the orchard today. Most of the roses are out now, other than Kiftsgate, including this one, Veilchenblau, which forms an archway opposite Dentelles de Maline and purple elder. A rather open, semi-double rose, it has a sweet lemony scent that attracts the bees from far and wide. In bud it’s almost burgundy, opening to a neat tea rose of red-purple, then gradually fading to blueish greyish lilac. Today’s threads are grey coton à broder no 16, iridescent knitting yarn and six-strand cottons in shades of yellow, purple and variegated purple. The stitches are double whipped chain for the heart, satin stitch for the underpetals, long-and-short for the top petals, and French knots and pistil stitch for the stamens.

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