Tuesday, 17 April 2012

An answer for Anna and Jade

A couple of my readers were kind enough to comment on how much they liked the stitch in this photo.

This is the Margaret stitch taken from the book "Wessex Stitchery" by Gay Eaton.  Unfortunately this book is long out of print and only available at extortionate prices from Amazon Used Books.   I have taken a scan of just this stitch and you can follow your own colour scheme.   One hint is that the placement of the colour should be as random as possible.
The stitches that form the base are Lazy Daisy stitch with the 'head' over three threads and the tail over six threads.
I often use Wessex Stitchery for needlebooks and hussifs that are to travel overseas as gifts because Gay Eaton is a fellow New Zealander and was responsible for the revival of this old technique.  Here's a photo of another style -  this is called Essex Stitch -  which I made into a needlebook for an exchange about three years ago

And also a close up of the Margaret stitch.  

I hope that is helpful -  if you need anything else please email me and I'll do my best to answer.
Have a good night everyone.


  1. Lovely and remarkable jobs. Like them very much.


  2. Wessex Stitchery by Gay Eaton is currently listed at Nordic Needle for $44.99 and we found it somewhere else last year too hope this helps.

  3. Absolutely beautiful. I may need to try this one too.

  4. What unusual stitches, thank you for your explanation. It will be interesting to see the finished work.

  5. It's a lovely book, I bought it a very long time ago and have very much enjoyed going through it from time to time. I love the cover design.

  6. Hello Margaret

    Thanks very much for the diagram, it really is a lovely stitch.