Splodge and overlapping…

And breathe…

splodge needlepoint


It’s finished. Five months of stitching, but to be fair I wasn’t really giving it as much attention as some pieces I’ve made – we’ve been having a lot of mundane ‘life’ for the last few months and somehow although the stitching is always relaxing when I actually get to sit and do it, sometimes I don’t get beyond the ‘thinking about doing it’ stage.

This is one of the first pieces I’ve worked with large sections of like-coloured wools. I’m not sure I really enjoyed that, perhaps the on-going decisions about which shades to use is part of the fun for me.

Now that it’s stitched, I think it has more Moorcroft than oil-spill about it, but Splodge has stuck, so that’s what it will remain.

As I was getting closer to the middle of Splodge (I worked from the outside to the middle), the usual thing happened – I started thinking about the next project I want to make. This has become the norm for me now, I think it’s my brain’s way of preparing for the loss of a project – a bit like buying a new puppy when your faithful old dog is starting to ail.

There is one particular piece I’m trying to work out based on the stone and glass textures in a section of a church wall, but so far I can’t seem to get it down in a way that works – yet.

But perhaps as a reaction to the palette I used in Splodge, I’ve found myself going back to the stained-glass approach for a bit of relief. So the project that has overlapped with the end of Splodge is going to look something like this…


I intend to keep this all in simple tent stitch. The first few stitches went in at the weekend, including some of the sock wool I bought from Natalie Fergie, which I have to say stitched like a dream. I’m seriously thinking about adding more shades from her collection, it has a fabulous texture as well as working easily.

So there you are, on to the next one.

Happy stitching.



P.S. The girls are on holiday, so I probably won’t be here much until September. We’re not planning any major expeditions, but I have to fight them off to get near my computer. I’ll try to keep up with all your blogs, but please forgive lack of attentive comments for a while.


11 thoughts on “Splodge and overlapping…

    1. Thank you! I’m trying to come up with a tapestry version of your fabulous St Wendreda picture, but I’m not happy with what I’ve done yet – still thinking/sketching and looking for suitable yarns – I’ll get there sometime!

  1. Oh, it turned out lovely! (And it still looks like a flower to me.) Your next project looks wonderful, too.

    And I understand about the computer. Every time I sit down at my desktop, my son appears at my elbow. Thank goodness I’ve trained him that the laptop is all mine!! lol!

    1. I’m wondering whether it wouldn’t be a good idea to ask Father Christmas for a laptop, then I could sneak off and blog to my heart’s content. Thank you.

  2. A very beautiful splodge, full of vibrant energy and textures. I guess your girls are nearly back at school now, if not already. Looking forward to your next project once you’ve taken a bit of “chill time” 🙂

    1. Thank you – yes the girls go back tomorrow, so after I’ve excavated my computer and the desk from under all their detritus, I’ll be getting back into the swing. I have started a new piece, but you know what it’s like trying to concentrate is impossible with everything else going on – I’ll try to update in a day or two.

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