I had so many ideas for what I’d do with Satin Stitch, the 13th stitch in Sharon Boggon’s Take A Stitch Tuesday challenge. First I was going to do some musical notation for the song “Here Comes Peter Cottontail,” but found it was copyrighted. Then I was going to make a band of bunny ears in various states of awareness. But that seemed kind of boring.
I also thought about not stitching at all because I have so many projects that have Satin Stitch in them. But, this is not just about learning the stitch, it’s about challenging one’s self. And truth be told, I hate Satin Stitch. I’m always worried about coverage and pulling too tight. I want it to be perfect. I like using it in needlepoint on canvas or congress cloth because I use a laying tool. For some reason using a laying tool seems kind of heavy-handed on linen.
So, I challenged myself. I tried to do a design that was 100% Satin Stitch. I almost did it. But then the handle and rim of baskets are often different in texture than the basket (or so I rationalized.)
I used DMC 3858 (2 ply) for the basket. I wasn’t happy with the coverage so I increased it to 4 ply for the rim and handle. The eggs were done in four different Caron Waterlilies. The two furthest back I’m not sure which Waterlilies—leftover threads from other projects done long, long ago. The one on the right front is 013 Peach Sherbet. The one to the left of that is Tropic Seas. The directions for Waterlilies says to use 1 ply for 22 count linen. Since the Sampler is done on 32 count linen, I used 2 ply for the first egg I stitched, the one in the very back. I didn’t like the coverage, so I used 4 ply on the egg in the front right. That seemed kind of puffy, so I used 3 ply on the remaining eggs. I think that was the best coverage.
What do you think? What would you do to improve this little design and my Satin Stitch? Please do leave a comment as I think I need to do more work on this, but am not sure what exactly is needed. Help!