Here’s what that little red scrap at the center top of the last post’s picture has grown to:


To be fair, this all hasn’t happened since the last post. I took that picture a couple of days before I wrote the blog entry.

This is another panel from TNCM, Plate 32:1. It’s a long repeat with two reflection points. This scrap is the center of one of them. As you can see the pattern will mirror image left and right along the centermost line of the stem interlace. There’s another totally different bounce line that will just make it onto this cloth, but the repeat on the other side of it won’t be full cycle. I really like these extra long repeats, but they’re hard to use for most modern work unless one is doing a whole length of bed linen, or wishes to stitch at gauges much smaller than most modern embroiderers attempt. The longitudinal repeat for this pattern for example is 257 units. On 14 count Aida for example, 257 stitches works out to a strip that’s 18 inches long, and that’s just for one repeat. I’m not much better here, stitching as I am on quite coarse 36 count linen. My repeat will be about 14 inches across, just a little bit narrower than the width of my stitched area. For the record though, this isn’t the longest repeat I’ve got in TNCM. That one is 308 units, and is the one I want to use on my notional library curtains. Someday.

In other embroidery related news, I had forgotten that I had given my pals at the Buttery permission to post my original line unit pattern named after their house. Please respect my copyright though and don’t repost the page.


Also the pattern in TNCM and available at the Buttery link above shows only a bit more than half of the fillings I worked in the swatch above. The new ones I doodled up specifically for the Do Right sampler.

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