I think it was about 1984 when I was first introduced to Candlewicking, and I loved it!
Whilst my husband was “busy” watching televised sport, I would keep him company and stitch away happily. Several quilts were made that way: I would be sitting in the car while he was “I won’t be a minute ” in the male nirvana-land known as Bunnings Hardware in Australia, quietly whiling away the time and not getting fussed that five minutes turned into 45 more often than not.
Along my stitching journey I dabbled with many genres, even going so far as to move to the dark side (machine embroidery) for a while. And now , for I think the third consecutive year, I’m attempting to follow SharonB with her Take A Stitch Tuesday and her PINTANGLE where she gives tutorials on the stitch of the day.
I think I warned you in an earlier posting that I would not necessarily follow Sharon’s list, but the Colonial Knot stitch evoked memories of many happy hours spent getting knotted ! (Sorry folks, I just couldn’t help myself 🙂
The only technical detail I will give about the colonial knot is that it is sometimes referred to as a “figure of eight” stitch because of the way it is wound around the needle. Sharon gives a wonderful tute over at Pintangle and it is easy to follow.
I have returned to a group of (mainly naked) Crazy Patch blocks I constructed quite a while back and hopefully they will be all stitched up by the end of 2016 (fingers crossed) with stitches tried out in the 2016 TAST.
I have unearthed an old Candle wicking pattern representing a tulip and I am stitching it in Arbee brand Candle wicking cotton threads that have languished in my cupboard for far too many years:
Some 16 hours later!
Well! You are seeing a “warts and all” posting. The above piece was stitched on a CQ patch, using Arbee brand candlewicking cotton and I am not happy with the result, so I pulled out a piece of unbleached calico and returned to the “traditional” look of white on white , in using the Arbee thread
I think you will agree that a plain calico fabric shows the Colonial Knots in better definition. Between the dark and light coloured fabrics, plus the texture of the white fabric, I think that the stitching lost its definition.
My preference is definitely for the lower sample !