We are currently in Kerrville, TX and were thrilled to have a visit from our granddaughter, Cassandra, who is a photographer from Austin, TX. During the visit, we went on a short road trip. Cassandra loved all the thistles blooming along the roadside.
She took these photos:
When I saw this week’s TAST stich, the half chevron, I first stitched a straight line of the stitches on this month’s crazy quilt block (more on that later in the month). Then I began playing with the stitches on graph paper, rotating them in various ways.
I eventually came up with what I thought could be stitched as a thistle.
My sampler is stitched on hardanger fabric, which I have found does not lend itself to some of the stitches I’d like to use.
Hardanger fabric is evenly woven squares, but unlike Aida fabric, the corners are not interlocking. Some stitches taken on the hardanger tend to slide under the weave. I will not use it for this type sampler again!
Because of the limitations of the fabric, the final stitching is slightly different from my graphed drawing.
I started with the center of the design, and worked my way outward, working with the aid of a magnifying glass.
The finished square, a little over 1” in size, looks like this: