This may not be wise?

I have decided to add a new piece of stitching to that great bundle that I already have in progress and I know this may not be a wise thing to do.  My reason for doing it is that I want something that I can just pick up and take with me to Guild stitching days.  One of the members, Katherine, has a piece of cross stitch that she just stitches on meeting days.  I thought I would take a leaf out of her book.  So I have decided to take part in the  Mystery SAL that is being run by Jacob through his blog at Modern Folk Embroidery. 

I have bought the first pattern, for the princely sum of .75p, "The four seasons - A Primitive Quaker year", and am now preparing the fabric and thread.

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Just to be a bit different, and because I have the fabric sitting in the draw, I have decided to use a dyed 32 count linen that I bought some time ago and I have also decided to use silk thread.  Another of those "it may not be wise" decisions.

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The thread is from Kaalund Yarns and comes in 12 strands.  I thought 2 strands might not give me the coverage I want but after stitching a few stitches with 3 strands then some with 2 strands, I think the 2 strands is the way to go. 

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 There is 10 metres on a skein of the silk.  The instructions say I need 180metres of stranded thread or 17.5 to 22.5 skeins of DMC stranded cotton.  I think I can get away with 3 skeins of the silk but had better buy 4 or 5 of the same dye lot.  Oh dear, the thread is going to be expensive!

This is going to be a big piece, 70cm X 50cm.  Now I just have to wait for the shops to re-open to buy the thread.

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I hope. you will have many meetings, journeys and other opportunities to work this beautiful pattern. Silk thread, eh? Won't it fray....?


I'm sure it will be worth it. Silk is so lovely to work with!

Carolyn Foley

I don’t think so. I did a commission using it before and it was fine.

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