Glimpse – PART THREE
Here’s the chart again, to save you having refer back:
And this is where we are so far:
Next job is to work the orange squares. Take a length of orange thread (or whichever colour you wish to use instead). Darn in at the back of the edge, as you did for the window stitches, and bring the needle through to the starting point shown on this diagram.
Not my clearest drawing, but I hope you can see that you work three wraps around each bar of the fabric and a cross stitch over each corner. It’s pretty straightforward. The “fun” part is darning the thread through the stitches on the back of the bars, as neatly as possible, to get to the point to start the next orange square. (Switch to a pointed needle for this if you can’t get the thread through with a tapestry needle. If you need to change to a new thread, you’ll have to darn-in the start of that and the end of the old thread, the same way.) When you have finished the last orange square, you can darn into the edge stitches to secure the thread.
All done? Now for the green bits. On the chart you will see two shades of green. There’s only one green thread being used, the two colours are there to show how the t-shaped sections are worked in two stages. (Just to confuse you, I’m using a variegated thread, so the bars in my photos are in several shades of green. It’s just one reel of thread, honestly!)
Here’s a diagram of a corner and part of the long side, with the first of the T-shaped sections. It’s what you were doing with the orange thread: three wraps over each bar and a cross stitch over the corners where they meet the window stitches. Where two lines of bars cross in the middle of the green sections, you only make half a cross on the first journey – you finish it on the second journey. All pretty obvious once you get going. Darn along the back of the edge stitches to get the thread to the right place to start the next T-section.
The green stitches along the short section are done the same way, but when you get to the corners of the orange square, just wrap over the next bar. Don’t put a green cross on top of the orange cross that you’ve already worked.
And that’s the counted cutwork completed. Give yourself a round of applause, have a break, and then come back with the cream thread ready to finish off the bookmark.
Really, the size you make your bookmark is up to you. And the fringe is optional. All the edging is just buttonhole stitch over four threads, with two threads between each stitch. I used the cream thread, which I used for the window stitches, but use one of the contrast threads if you prefer. I worked mine right next to the edge stitches on the long sides and left 18 threads between the edge stitching and the buttonhole stitches at the two ends. Once you’ve gone right around the edge, cut the fabric carefully away on the long sides, just outside the buttonhole stitches. To make a fringe, cut across the the short ends about 2.5 cm from the buttonhole stitching and draw out the cut threads to leave a fringe. All done.
Now it is up to you to think of new uses and new patterns for this technique. Have fun with it.
Any queries, comments? I’d love to hear from you.