Small Start...of a …Grand Design
By Julie Castle
They say it is better to be late than never show up. So here I am. Late! I have no illusions. It is highly unlikely I will finish in this year of the Scarlett Letter. But I don’t care. This group is great inspiration for me to work diligently and shoot for completion. Period.
This is my first Scarlett Letter. I have numerous patterns I would love to do. But I thought I would make a modest beginning with M. Quertier. I’ve seen others have also enjoyed this pattern. I’m using white New Castle Linen (40 ct) stitching over 2. The thread I’m using is not one that is widely used, at least not by mainstream embroiders. It is a maroon silk that is made in Varanasi, India. I was introduced to this incredibly lovely silk when I took a course with Leslie Rinchen -Wongmo on creating Tibetan Thangkas. This silk is manufactured specifically for the creation of Tibetan Thangkas. This thread has a beautiful sheen to it and feels, well, soooo silky! I’ve got to contact Leslie to see if she’ll sell it to me for embroidery not related to thangkas. And if she’s willing to sell it to others. I would love to get a few spools for my blackwork work.
Here is a pic of my work so far.
And here is a pic of the thread, next to my box of Thread Heaven thread conditioner and my Gingher embroidery scissors to show the size of the spool. It’s humongous! Note the gorgeous sheen. The slubs are not really an issue in the stitching.
It may be a bit of time before I make another report as I have, like most you I’m sure, many works in the revolving working queue. And with this project, I keep adding to the lineup!
Until then, happy stitching!