Seasonal Tea Towels
I have quite a collection of embroidered tray cloths, table cloths and napkins. They are all painstakingly embroidered by women from the past using traditional stitches such as lazy daisy, chain stitch, satin stitch, stem stitch and button hole stitch. I have gathered them together in colour stories and here is what I have done with what I call the Clarice Cliff palette. I have been doing the applique by hand in the sun room surrounded by ripening squash from the allotment, the colours appropriately echo those of the stitch.
I started making this sample book many years ago. I have cut up old bits of domestic hand embroidery and sewn them into a book. I find it a useful reference tool when I am stuck for a stitch. In some cases I have deliberately sewn the fragment in back to front as I find the random marks on the back just as interesting.
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