My art work Odds and Ends SAL


Last time I had finished embroidering patches on the pockets of my jacket and was eyeing off the yoke.

I have worn it a couple of times and it feels good to wear.

So, I decided to play with the yoke. The front ones seemed a bit too obvious, so I have begun the back. Another advantage of the back is that it didn’t have to be a close match of the pockets. However I wanted to keep some of the same elements.

The fabric is quite different — a mustard linen from a dress I recently made. The colours of the threads give it a different feel.

What is the same is the stitching. The outside border is coral knot stitch, then white chain stitch. The flowers are created with pistol stitch, which I think gives a funky feel.

Now I am a little stuck. It’s not finished, and needs more oomph, more wow. I tried the feathery yarn that worked so well on the front. It didn’t work on this ­čĄö. So I am letting it talk to me, to tell me what comes next. It doesn’t need to be rushed. I am sure there will be progress to show next SAL.

This stitch-a-long is for our own personal sewing, so all the women on the list are creating wonderful things. Follow the links to see what they are up to. I am sure you will be amazed.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Megan, Deborah, Renee, Carmela, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, AJ, Laura, Cathie, Linda, Helen

I respectfully acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land on which I live – the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung People of the Kulin Nation, their spirits, ancestors, elders and community members past and present.

37 replies on “SAL”

That jacket is going to be stunning. The yoke is much more restrained than the pockets so far so, yes, it needs something else – what it needs will occur to you in time.

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i do want it to echo the front so I am pondering putting in some orange. ‘Echo’ is a great word to describe what I want the the relationship between the pieces to be. Thanks.


Claire gave me the word ‘echo’, which accurately describes what i want to do. The patches should echo each other, without needing to be direct copies.
And yes, more is not enough!


Sometimes, things just need to percolate before continuing. And actually, setting it aside during the holidays as an ‘excuse’ to do so might relieve any pressure you might have in trying to blaze through to the finish!
I’ll bet this jacket makes you happy, too!

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Fortunately there is no deadline, and it will be finished when I am satisfied that it is finished. Letting ideas percolate seems to be my way at the moment. i wonder if I am just procrastinating…..

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The pockets have such punch because of the strong colours, and by contrast, the yoke is delicate and restrained. I get the contrast, but do you want it to be more cohesive, being on the same garment? Perhaps some fairly solid blackwork around those flowers, so that they still stand out? It’ll let you know what it wants sooner or later!

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Thanks Kate. As always you have given me another way of thinking about it. i do want it to have more punch, more wow. Maybe working on the flowers is the way to go. I have been thinking more about ‘filling in’ the spaces with stitches that make lines. ­čśś


My thoughts would be to go bold, to be confident. Little things could get lost, and could look a little strange. Pockets could be the place to start, as they are already additions to the coat. Besides, if it doesn’t work, pull it out!

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What a fun project! As far as adding “oomph” to the back yoke, I can imagine “ripples” … almost like the contour lines on a map, or even the rings around where a stone has dropped in a pond?


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