Hearts stitch journal, 05 July 2018

A grey and overcast morning, which is a surprise after the sunny day yesterday, which ended in a spectacular sunset. Oh well, it’s still warm and due to get better later. The warmth and flowers of high summer have brought out the peacock butterflies, which love the buddleia – there was one trapped in the house this morning and I chased it around, but it eluded me. Hopefully it’s now made its way outside. They hibernate over winter and I often find one or two sleeping in the cabin. Today’s threads are grey coton à broder no 20; black Terylene sewing thread; six-strand embroidery cottons in shades of orange, deep orange, lemon, cream, brown, dark brown and black; black rayon floss; and blue-grey and bright blue Indian rayons. The stitches are Hungarian braided chain for the heart, back stitch for the outline, long-and-short and satin stitch for the infill, pistil stitch for the feelers and French knots for the wing spots.

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