Module 2 - Canvas Stitches
I began this module in May 2023 with canvaswork being more or less a new technique for me, The first task was to choose an image (A5) to copy and I decided to use a painting by my late mother of Gothenburg harbour (the painting is much bigger!). It's then about putting together a stitch plan, which can be quite challenging if you don't know canvas stitches. So I set about working a sampler of 36 different stitches, using a large variety of threads, also experimenting with shading. This has helped a lot and especially when I came to choose stitches for the water, which had to be mainly a mixture of Roumanian couching and Hungarian grounding. Unlike many other types of embroidery, the foreground is worked first so I started with the boats and then moved on to the water and the pier. You can see my progress so far on the right. After working the smaller boat, I stitched the water in the background using a variation of Florentine Stitch and after working on the buildings, I will finish with the sky in a Milanese stitch. There are quite a few lines to be stitched in afterwards and the work may also require a border.