Whitework embroidered alphabet: letter R


Whitework R for rose (hand embroidered by Mary Addison)

Just a short post today of a little whitework R with the hope that I shall be back in the swing of regular weekly posting by Friday. My problem – if problem it can be said to be – is that having more time at my disposal has meant I’ve been able to get on with slightly bigger projects of embroidering cushions. I discovered French Linen fabric from The Cloth House which I now absolutely adore using as it lends itself beautifully to hand embroidery. I don’t like using a frame but I also don’t like to see fabric puckering around embroidery stitches, so usually I use ‘Stitch and Tear’ as a stabiliser. But with this linen I don’t need to use anything, embroidery is a joy and I love having my hands very connected to the thread in the needle and fabric, which you just don’t have with a frame. My problem is that The Cloth House is temporarily out of stock of the linen I use. I have fabric sufficient for all five cushion fronts but only for two full cushions including the backs. Do I carry on with the embroidered fronts and hope the fabric materialises or do I make up just the two of them and source another fabric? I think I’m leaning towards the first option  which is about as reckless as I’ve been since lockdown …

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  1. Posted May 5, 2020 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    I think I would keep on making fronts as well!

    • Mary Addison
      Posted May 9, 2020 at 11:57 am | Permalink

      Thank you – it’s surprised me how helpful it is to hear someone say this.
      I think I would by inclination be too much of a purist about having the back and front in the same fabric. (Though I may well carry on making fronts with my fingers crossed that the Cloth House turn up trumps and announce French linen is back in stock!)

      • Posted May 11, 2020 at 10:37 am | Permalink

        I shall keep my fingers crossed for you when I’m not embroidering!

        • Mary Addison
          Posted May 14, 2020 at 10:19 am | Permalink

          Thank you, Rachel

  2. Nella Logan
    Posted May 6, 2020 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    Me too. The backs can be made from some other fabric anyway. If you can’t get any more of this French linen it would be a shame to have used it to make the backs. The rose is beautiful

    • Mary Addison
      Posted May 9, 2020 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

      As I said to Rachel, it is very useful to hear what people think.
      I’m just hoping French linen makes a reappearance – soonish – so I don’t have to agonise about what to use a backing!

      • Nella
        Posted May 9, 2020 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

        I’ll cross my fingers for you Mary!

  3. Amara Bray
    Posted May 26, 2020 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    Best of luck getting the rest of your fabric?!

    • Mary Addison
      Posted May 28, 2020 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

      I’ve sourced something that is the same sort of white but just a bit more open weave and I think it will work if I used the new fabric for the back of the cushions.

      • Amara Bray
        Posted June 7, 2020 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

        So glad. So many things are in short supply nowadays.

        • Mary Addison
          Posted June 9, 2020 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

          And I’ve just heard the French linen is back in stock – just after I’d bought a substitute!
          But better that way than not finding anything at all and I’m never short of uses for white linen.

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