Hearts stitch journal, 29 July 2018

A grey, cool, windy morning due to the weather front that’s moved in. We had trouble surfacing this morning, it was so dark and it began to spit with rain as I walked the dog up the lane, which turned to a downpour just as I got back. The white buddleia on our west boundary look like an explosion of fireworks now. The last of our buddleia to flower, they are also the tallest at 12ft and make quite a presence in the garden. I grew all of them from hardwood cuttings taken from one plant and simply jammed in the ground. Today’s threads are hand-dyed coton à broder, cotton perlé no 5 in white and light green, and yellow six-strand embroidery thread, sewn single strand. The stitches are single threaded running stitch for the outline, split stitch for the stem and stalks, leaf stitch for the leaf, fly stitch for the petals, French knots for the buds and straight stitch for the eyes of the flowers. Quite by accident, I notice, three of the four buddleia appear under each other in the panel. July is nearly completed now and today I need to prep the fabric for August.

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