Jen Goodwin’s Blackwork Peacock, Winchester project

When I’m in Winchester, it’s helpful to have a project I can work on that I can leave there, rather than having to bring a frame and threads with me each time!

My new go-to project is a Jen Goodwin blackwork design, small enough to comfortably sit in a hoop! No lacing💋😊 Easy to travel with on the plane.

King Athelstan, 934, gift of cloths, vestments and tapestries

In 933, King Athelstan gifted the shrine of St Cuthert many wonderful treasures. Included below are those that relate to Needlework.

  1. Two chasubles.
  2. An alb.
  3. A stole with a maniple.
  4. A belt.
  5. Three altar cloths.
  6. Three hangings.
  7. Three tapestries.

(St Cuthbert and the Normans: The Church of Durham 1071-1153) William M Aird

Portuguese stem stitch, Mary Corbet

Sat outside this morning considering whether I can find a place to use this stitch in my Coronation sampler. I am looking for something rope-like that gives a heavy-textured effect and can easily take a curve. I’ve not used this stitch before so will give it a go and see how it works out!

Have tried to find out about the origin of this stitch, but there is very little information that I can see in the historical texts I have in my Needlework library. The author, Deanna Hall West, suggests that because of its name, it is likely to have been popular in Portugal at some time. Interweave, July 2017.