Carolyn Pearce Home Sweet Home workbox 8: embroidering the anemones on the spool holder

This week I’ve been filling in the flowers and leaves around the sides of the spoolholder that I am making from Carolyn Pearce’s ‘Home Sweet Home Workbox’ book.

The anemone flowers are stitched using raised cross stitches. This is a really successful stitch to use for these little flowers.

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I started by making a loose-ish cross stitch exactly over the pencilled circles I’d previously drawn, using two strands of red silk in a number 26 tapestry needle. Then, I brought the needle up near to the centre of the cross, and to the lower right.

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Without going down through the fabric, I threaded the needle under the right-hand arm of the cross, making sure that the thread laid under the needle, and pulled the thread through snugly, but not too tightly.

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Then I turned the fabric through 90 degrees clockwise, and threaded the needle under the next arm of the cross stitch (still making sure the thread was under the needle). I repeated that with the other two arms of the cross stitch to make one complete round – then carried on going, filling the cross until it was comfortably full, but not over-stuffed! The trick to getting this stitch right is to turn your work, rather than trying to thread the needle through at awkward angles.

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When the raised cross stitch for each flower was finished, they looked like this. Neat, eh?!

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To finish them off properly, I worked a tiny French knot in one strand of Anchor thread using two wraps round a milliners needle for the flower centres. This gave them ‘character’. I’ll work the stems later, when the other types of flowers are done, if there are gaps – otherwise, I might leave them as they are, kind of  ‘floating’ – not sure yet.


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13 thoughts on “Carolyn Pearce Home Sweet Home workbox 8: embroidering the anemones on the spool holder”

    1. Not sure what you mean. This is post number 8 in a series of posts about the Carolyn Pearce Home Sweet Home Workbox book – the spoolholder is the item I’m working on at the moment.

    1. It’s such an interesting project to stitch! It’s not actually difficult, but has lots of different parts to it. I’m so glad that people are getting inspired to stitch it along with me 🙂

  1. Janet – This may be a strange question, but what is the fabric you’re using called? I inherited a piece of this same fabric, and have been wondering what it’s normally used for? It seems to be linen and cotton? Thank you!

  2. The embroidery on your spool holder is coming along beautifully. Your anemones look very good with two threads as required. As I mentioned in a previous reply, I had problems using two threads of silk for the anemones in the needle book. I am using the thread suggested in the book which came in my kit. Which silk are you using? Mine came out very untidy when I used the suggested two threads. I then used one thread and it worked out very well, although it took longer than using two threads. I find the raised cross stitch fiddly to do with two. With one thread I do not need to rotate. I use a frame attached to the table, so it is easier not to rotate.
    Perhaps I should try other silk for these, hence my interest in which silk make you are using. Your embroidery is very beautifully done. I love it.

    1. I am using Cascade for the bright red anemones, and Silk ‘N’ Colors of the two paler shades. It is a bit fiddly to pull two threads through, but it made nice fat flowers!

  3. Do you have any idea where I can find a copy of Carolyn Pearce home Sweet Home Workbook that I do not have to pay lots of money for it?

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