Many stitchers have dabbled in candle-wick stitching in the dim, dark past it seems. As I did, many years ago, before my blocks got packed away in the wardrobe. It is nice, easy stitching, and can get as creative as one likes. I never mastered any of the more creative stitches, such as satin or feather stitch, so my blocks are very simply sewn indeed. My designs came from two books I have by Alma Schwabe, and I chose romantic designs featuring hearts, flowers, birds and the occasional butterfly.
Then I stitched a pre-printed mini “Ribbons and Lace” with my candle-wicking thread. The idea was to use this as the centre of my quilt, and arrange my other twelve blocks around the outside.
Ribbons and Lace panel for the middle
And that’s where my candle-wick project has reached a bit of a stand still. I added a couple of borders around the centre panel, and decided that one has been cut too wide. So I’m going to sit on my comfy chair, stitch ripper in hand, and remove them, while the torrential rain is beating on the roof. Unpicking is not much fun, so I’ll probably need a coffee too. But it is no use continuing if I’m not happy with how this project looks, is it? Hopefully, I’ll have more to show for my efforts tomorrow.