Joining Stitch 6
Back to my joining sampler after some disruption. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic? I’m not sure. Maybe due to a dyeing workshop and its aftermath. Or due to finishing my panel for the 25 Million Stitches project. Or some general re-evaluation and reflection. Or due to the online weaving workshop I started on impulse. Always many factors.
So today I finished stitching all the William Morris squares together. A good milestone. They looked beautiful in a heap. The variegated sewing thread Joanne V. gave me looked great with the colors of the prints.
Then I really got frustrated trying to stitch an acceptable Mountmellick stitch. I couldn’t follow the explanation in Joinings, Edges, and Trims. I looked it up on YouTube. I followed Mary Corbet‘s video. The results looked terrible so I unpicked it. Diagnosed the problem as possibly coming from the single strand of thread I was using. Tried again with a double strand and produced an acceptable if not beautiful join.
It’s very hard to keep the stitches even.
I couldn’t decide how best to hold the work and kept flipping it around.
It’s one-sided. It doesn’t fold well. It doesn’t show on the back at all.
And I don’t think my thread choice was right, even after doubling.
But this is what a sampler is for, right?