Hearts stitch journal, 25 June 2018

A crisp, cloudless, blue-sky morning, more like September than June, but we are now due a heatwave, so I will enjoy the coolth while it lasts. Today’s choice of motif is a musk mallow, one of our loveliest wild flowers, which grows everywhere here and will flower for the next couple of months. It smells faintly of honey and is edible – both the frondy leaves and the deeply cut, heart-shaped flowers both look pretty in a salad. Today’s threads are blue coton à broder no 16; six-strand cottons sewn with one, two and four strands, in shades of pale green, lilac-pink and variegated lilac-pink; and pink Indian rayon thread, deplyed. The stitches are double threaded running stitch for the heart, long-and short for the petals and stamens and a French knot for the eye of the flower.

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