Saturday, 18 January 2014

Penultimate Block [November]

We are getting there! Today I can share the November block with you.

By this time the colour wheel and I were struggling to pick out the next colour for a month, so I went for brown. This isn't always the most popular colour but I really like it - it can be a really warm neutral and can bring out the other colours in a quilt beautifully - I used it in my Rhubarb and Custard quilt and loved how it brought out the warmth in the pinks and yellows. And because of that it gets a whole month to itself - and appropriately, November, when nature is losing it's spring and summer colours and becoming increasingly brown (and on bad days, grey).

This month's block also includes one of my favourite motifs from the year. I have a bad habit of sticking to backstitch and then adding some more backstitch, and then a bit more backstitch.... I am capable of other stitches, but backstitch requires less thought. The thistle, representing Scotland for St Andrew's Day is another ode to backstitch, but I've added variety with some long stitch couched in place with tiny French knots - I'm dead chuffed with how this turned out!

You can find the embroidery pattern here and the instructions here. The instructions for piecing the other elements of the block can be found here.

If you have any questions, just drop me a note! And don't forget to add any photos to the Flickr group!

1 comment:

Ada Kopitopoulou said...

I am not fond of brown, but this looks lovely. It's a nice colour brown. Embroidery looks great!