I had a sudden urge to make a table mat or doily for our dining table, but I didn’t want to spend any money on it, so had to go with what was in my stash. The only suitable fabric was this khaki one, and the only perle thread I had in 2 different weights was this white…
So khaki and white it had to be.
I didn’t plan it out much really, and just started to stitch, using ideas from Pam Eaton’s book “Ukrainian Whitework”. But I confess that after doing the centre of the first side I did plan it all out in Excel. I don’t have any fancy stitching software so I just use Excel. Just make the grid-lines into squares, and add the lines with the drawing function. Fiddly perhaps, but easy. ‘Group’ the lines, then you can copy, paste and rotate them to produce repeated sections.
I haven’t decided yet what will be in the centre of the empty squares. My first thought was a satin-stitch motif, but now I think I might put some eyelets in them. What do you think – any ideas?