Hearts stitch journal, 15 June 2018

     

Another dull start, though the sun is breaking through intermittently now. It’s still very cold for June. Nevertheless, without fail every year, spirea japonica ‘Goldflame’ flowers under our west window. I planted this some 20 years ago and this year was planning to remove it to another part of the garden but I discovered a blue-tit’s nest in the wall bed and have had to leave well alone until September. The twig that I cut for reference is a reversion, where the leaves have come through green, but I’ve shown it in its usual yellow-green colouration. Today’s threads are grey coton à broder no 16 and six-strand cottons in variegated burgundy, purple, pink, variegated yellow-green and brown. The stitches are cable chain for the heart, stem stitch and straight stitch for the twigs, fishbone stitch for the leaves and eyelet for the flowers.

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