Friday, January 29, 2021

Mariner's Compass - Week Three

 This week's lesson took a bit more effort than the first two.

Lots and lots of couching around the center, going round and round.

Followed by some s-ing.

Here's the trick for getting a perfect circle and this doesn't just apply for s-ing but also stem stitch as that's what it basically is. Your needle should come out to the right of the last purl/stitch and come down to the left of the first purl/stitch in the circle. This ensures seemless join.

The s-ing is then surrounded by two rounds of couched purl and lizerine.

The last bit was putting in the spokes in between the compass points.

This piece is so shiny! Usually it's really hard to convey the shine of the material, but this piece just captures all the light and reflects it back. It actually makes it very hard to stitch on for long periods as it strains the eyes. The best way to avoid this is to stitch during the day, so no artificial lighting is needed, and take lots of breaks. Three more lessons to go...


  1. Artificial light on goldwork is a real killer - not fun at all. What you need is bright but overcast days - a northern hemisphere winter!

  2. Wow, you put a lot of work in there this week, but your circles really do look perfect!