A lovely example of pattern darning today. 

In April of this year I attended a stitch in.  I had never attended a “stitch in” previously so really was not sure what to expect.  I was in for quite a surprise when they were over 40 women gathered at a variety of banquet tables stitching all sorts of projects encompassing various embroidery techniques.

At one point during the day there was a show and tell and oh my – what a feast for the eyes!  Some amazingly talented stitchers.  There were examples of cross stitch, hardanger, whitework, stumpwork and crewel just to name a few. 

I had just completed my summer collection at the time and showcased above is Colour Complements Colour #53.  It is a BOLD blend of teal blues and lime green.  I was inspired by my Autumn Kaleidoscope colour palette that I completed last year.  I can’t quite remember how but during the day a conversation came up about pattern darning and if I recall there had been a show and tell highlighting pattern darning. 

Karen has kindly stitched this small bookmark using size 8 perle cotton in Colour #53.  It is an adaptation of pattern darning from a free pattern HERE.  The background is 28 count linen and the bookmark measures 2 ¼ x 2 ½ inches.  She flipped the design to create a modified mirror effect.  

If you are not familiar with pattern darning (and I was not) it is a weaving technique over and under the fabric threads.  The stitches that show on the front create a geometric pattern.  To create this, you vary the stitch length.

Thank you Karen!

You can find another example using Colour Complements Colour #53 HERE.

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