In my part of the world we say you are a fool if your passion for a pursuit overcomes all practical sense. I am a stitching fool, and I stitch foolishness.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Taming the Trellis

When last we visited Morning Has Broken, I was having problems working the spiral trellis that forms a dozen flowers in the border.

I have been doodling on a bit of linen, off and on, since then. And finally, finally, I've been able to do a few reasonable spiral trellises.

I stitch everything on a frame of some sort. Everything. Generally I prefer either stretcher bars or a scroll frame although I will pull out the Q-snaps or a hoop for a smaller piece. I like the linen or canvas or fabric drum tight simply because my stitches look better worked that way.

Except now. I absolutely had to take the linen from the scroll frame to work this stitch. I suppose this is the exception that proves the rule.

And now I need to slog on. I need a total of 48 spirals. I have 7. That means I have 41 more to go.

I really wish I hadn't counted.


  1. I've practiced this stitch and can't produce anything that looks even close! I think I am going to sub a Rhodes stitch for this and save myself the frustration!! Laura

  2. Ann, I can do spiral trellis, but like you, like all my stitching in a frame. I opted out of the spirals and subbed satin stitch for all of them. Just couldn't see doing that many spots of spiral trellis. Thought about reversing the stitching to do four of the flowers in trellis but didn't even go that far.