Today I received my copy of Inspirations 76. It is a lovely magazine, as always. Deborah’s Mountmellick tablecloth is simply gorgeous!
In the project I have in the magazine – a Portuguese whitework scissor fob called “Squared Away” – I did discover one or two things that I felt were unclear in the diagrams, so am providing my own versions of them here.
Diagram 4: This shows that the cut is made DIRECTLY beside the ends of the satin stitching, not with one thread in between, as is shown in the magazine.
Diagram 6: This shows that for each of the 9 satin stitches along the bottom edge, there is a fabric thread between. There is NOT one thread sitting out past the left-most satin stitch, as is shown in the magazine.
Diagram 8: This shows that the satin stitches extend from the tacking line outwards. They do not sit across the tacked line as is shown in the magazine. The three threads they span are OUTSIDE the tacked line.
While every effort is made during the proofing processes of the magazine to get everything absolutely perfect, sometimes errors do slip through. I hope that these diagrams will help make the instructions a little clearer. I was just concerned that if people use the diagrams in the magazine, they will possibly make some mistakes.
If you have further questions about the project, please do not hesitate to ask. You can learn more about Portuguese Whitework in Portuguese Whitework: Bullion Embroidery from Guimarães by Yvette Stanton. I also stock a full range of supplies for this style of embroidery.