The next item I’ve decided to make from the Carolyn Pearce ‘Home Sweet Home Workbox’ book is the scissor keeper. The pattern in the book has a strawberry flower on the front, and an initial on the back. I’ve decided to stitch a group of 3 anemones instead of the initial, as my initial is J. In fancy fonts like the one Carolyn suggests, the letter J often ends up looking like an I, or an F, or even a T. So, I’m having flowers instead!
Here are the three anemones stitched (using raised cross stitch), and the strawberry flower started. I outlined the flower in split stitch, and then worked two layers of satin stitch padding before working the top layer of long and short stitch for the petals.
These are the petals, once complete.
Here are the anemones once they have had their middles stitched in a French knot with one strand of Anchor cotton. The strawberry flower has straight stitch highlights in pale green, and leaves in fishbone stitch. Three French knots finish off the flower in the centre.
Each panel is outlined with tiny chain stitches. Carolyn suggested whipping the chain stitch with gold thread, but I liked the look of the chain stitch as it was, so I left it without the gold highlights.
Now it just needs assembing.