Patchwork with thread

One of the best things about a daily stitch practice is that you can use up all the odd ends of thread and yarn that seem to accumulate from other projects. If you keep it simple, you only need a yard or two of thread per day so it’s a good opportunity to use up the last bit of thread in a particular colour.

couched circle with vintage cotton thread

I only had a yard or so left of this purple and white marl yarn, and it turned out to be almost exactly the right amount to fill the circle and outline the box. I’ve stitched it down with a vintage cotton thread – maybe Sylko or Coats, it’s lost its label.

couched circle on vintage linen/cotton bed sheet

It’s exactly like patchwork, but with thread instead of fabric.

Author: Karen

Textile and mixed media artist

9 thoughts on “Patchwork with thread”

  1. I’m partial to calling it patchplay as it’s too much fun to be called work … and how cool is it when you have barely enough thread at the end, squeaking out the last stitch, then unthreading and rethreading the needle in order to anchor the tail

    I must say you have me rethinking my limited palette of thread textures …

    1. ha, that last bit of thread in the needle, often shorter than the needle itself. Living on the edge! Love your renaming too – patchplay it is 🙂

    1. ha, thread chicken – that’s what I’m calling it from now on 😆

    2. thread chicken! … I can’t tell you how often this is bound to come to mind … always with a smile, for which I thank you

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