Back on my whitework sampler.
So often, candlewicking is seen as simply french knots outlining shapes and designs, but where is the tufting that was seen previously? Little tufts of thread, with the loops cut to produce love fluffy bits.
I used to have a candlewick bedspread back when I was a cute wee thing (it was orange, and I loved it!) and what fun it was to pull out some of the tufts. Mum was NOT pleased.
So when I decided to include candlewicking, it had, of course, to include tufts. I suspect I may have packed my tufts too much. Or maybe not – who knows? I’m thinking this section looks a little sparse so I might put a couple of eyelets into the blank V spaces. I shall think about that.
Next some Colbert embroidery. Well, to cover myself, I shall call it a variant of Colbert as there seems to be some choice over exactly what Colbert embroidery is. Some websites say it is a shape heavily outlined, and the background filled with counted embroidery; while others say the shapes should be filled with pulled thread.
Either way, it seems to be descended from the same work as Assisi embroidery, which uses cross-stitch for the background, and doesn’t outline so heavily.
I think that strictly speaking Colbert work is usually quite colourful, so I’m not sure how it ended up in my whitework sampler. Other than that I had a space to fill and I liked the sound of it. 🙂