I’m just starting the next embroidery project that I want to stitch, and I knew right off that it would be one of Thea Dueck’s lovely designs. I’ve got so many of her Victoria Sampler chart booklets in my stash, and several are already kitted up, so it shouldn’t take long to decide which one to get going on, right? Wrong!
This is the one I had planned to do – it’s the Victorian Purse – a beautiful shaped bag and stitching accessories set. I’ve had this in my stash for about 8 years already.
I bought the thread pack are the same time that I got the chart booklet. These seem pricey at first, until you work out that if you had to source all those speciality threads from scratch, it would cost way more! Plus, I love getting the little packets in the post 🙂
I chose some 28 count evenweave in pink and beige from my stash to stitch them on (originally bought from Sew and So, I think, but they are closed now).
So, there I was, mentally getting ready to stitch all that, when I saw THIS:
It’s a co-ordinating pincushion, strawberry and needlebook, to match with the Victorian Purse designs! Oh, how lovely! The wooden spindle had to be ordered as well, and at first it was out of stock, so I had to wait, but eventually it arrived from Canada, so I had no excuse not to start. The Victorian Purse will have to go back in the stash cupboard for later.
This project has a lot of ribbon embroidery in it. I love the look of ribbon embroidery, but I’ve not done much before, so I looked at Thea’s YouTube videos to see exactly how to do the stitches. They are actually quite simple to do, and the project grows quickly.
I found, more by luck than judgment, that it really helped with the placement of the embroidery stitches for the flowers to EXACTLY copy the position of the tacking stitches from the chart. What I mean is, if the central vertical tacking stitch line, for instance, goes over four threads each time, then reproduce that – don’t do six threads, then four threads, then five threads, etc., as if it doesn’t matter, because it will make counting out from a tacking stitch line to the starting point of a flower more difficult if your stitches vary in length from the chart. I think it will also be crucial when I stitch the little beaded flowers around the border.
It only took me a couple of longish stitching sessions to get this far, so I’m hoping this might be quite a quick project, and I might even have time to get the Victorian Purse done as well.
What do you think of it so far?
16 thoughts on “Victorian pincushion on spindle stand by Victoria Sampler: 1 – getting started”
Lovely so far, and the Victorian Purse is also stunning. What frame are you using?
I always use a 12 x 18 inch rotating roller frame from Siesta frames for just about all my surface embroidery projects.
I’ve never tried ribbon embroidery. Your work looks beautiful. What a fun project.
It’s far easier than it looks, and really quite quick to do, too!
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I am thinking about other projects besides knitting.
I love the Victorian patterns. Your work looks beautiful so far !
I love Victorian patterns. I think your work is beautiful so far x
What beautiful projects! I wouldn’t be able to wait to do another if working on one. They are just too pretty.
Although I’m usually pretty good at multi-tasking with other things, I don’t like to do it with stitching!
These kits look amazing and your stitching is so exquisite, looking forward to see more.
I just ordered a bunch of things from them. Now I’m wondering if I don’t need more 🤔
Just call me an enabler….!!
Where can I buy the wooden stand?
Victoria Sampler in Canada used to sell them as accessories with the chart pack, but I’m not sure if they still have any in stock.