Every now and then, I go on a stitching tear. And I’m on one again these days.

Many years ago, I bought a kit I saw in a Purl Soho newsletter (I think). It was immediately appealing to me . . . a simple Swedish design printed on high quality linen — and it came with some lovely linen embroidery thread. The kit was a collaboration with Studio Flax, a UK company with really gorgeous designs and kits and materials.  (My kit is called “Tulipwood” and it’s still available on the Purl Soho site. It is actually one of a series of Swedish designs, all printed on linen with linen thread, and also in partnership with Studio Flax.)

Anyway. I was charmed. I purchased the kit. And there it sat for several years.

A couple of weeks ago, I pulled the whole thing out and decided to give it a try. Looking at the directions, I noticed that they were . . . scant. Nice photos. They indicate which colors to use where. They list the stitches they used . . . in a sentence. But they don’t indicate where they used which stitches.* I also noted that the linen embroidery floss, although it was packaged in such a lovely way and was truly beautiful to behold, felt . . . well. Kinda nasty. (Linen is Like That. It only softens with wear and with use, over time.)

I also could see that, upon closer inspection, I was uninspired by the color choices.

But I decided to carry on and give the whole thing a try — using the linen thread and figuring out the stitches on my own.

Which didn’t last long at all. I just don’t have patience to work with that linen thread! (Although I’m sure it would be absolutely beautiful if one DOES have the patience, it is quite nasty to stitch with.) (I am not good with tangles.) (Linen thread? Nothing but tangles.)

So on to Plan B! I got out my (substantial) collection of Perle Cotton thread, chose my color palette, and stuck the directions in the recycling bin. (And relegated that linen thread to my “fodder” collection.)

I am, as you might have foreseen, going my own way with this one!


* Note: While poking around on the Purl Soho website, I discovered that you can download the stitch guides for each of the Swedish embroidery panels. This is not indicated in the print directions, but the full charts do exist. (I opted to let that go, already committed to doing it my way.)


How about you? What are you working on this week?