Stitching something that’s symmetrical is always difficult. To get the same shape or design to be exactly the same on each side is near to impossible (for me!). The Acorn design isn’t mathematically symmetrical – after all, it’s the work of May Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement which was, in part, a reaction against the styles that were developed by machine-production. Still, a branch on one side and a branch on the opposite side should be pretty close to the same so the design, as a whole, balances.
This is what I worked on carefully as I stitched row after row of stem stitch. I wanted the outside line of stitching to be smooth and run continuously from the tip to the bottom of each stem on the side stems and to the fork in the middle stems.
I aimed to make the stems equal thickness – within the constraints of the pattern drawn on the fabric. Lastly, I worked very hard to make the tips pleasingly thin and graceful.
I think I’ve succeeded and I am very happy with this next step being finished. In actual fact, I’m very close to being completely done but have been so busy stitching that I haven’t taken time to tell you about my progress!
Here’s a photo that I’ll talk about next time…
While I certainly think that reflecting on one’s work is beneficial, sometimes I just want to stitch and get finished so I can sit back and enjoy gazing at the finished piece. So…back to stitching!