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.