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Part I

Materials required: 

5" x 7" - 24 count cream Congress Cloth

# 22 and # 24 tapestry needles

1 skein Caron Burnt Toast (#62) Watercolours thread

Approximately 8 yards # 8 Pearl cotton to pick up a brown in the Watercolours. Because of variations in dye lots, this can vary.

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Symbols for Pearl Cotton: 


Cutting Lines ~ four threads ONLY    

Algerian Eyelet

  Eye and Mouth   


 Dove's Eye Filet 

Symbols for Watercolours: 



Blanket Stitch  

Note: For finer details of Hardanger, refer to Hardanger, self-published by Marion Scoular at $8.50 plus $1.50 for shipping and handling. Georgia residents, please add $.50 sales tax. 


The word Kloster comes from the same "root" as cloister, meaning "an enclosure." Kloster means block, so Kloster blocks is incorrect. It should be Kloster or block! 

If you are stitching the blocks in a clockwise direction around the shape, ALWAYS stitch from the inside of the shape to the outside and you will never have an incorrect wrong side stitch. This can be crucial because of the cutting and withdrawal of the fabric threads later. 


To manipulate the placement of colors with Watercolours threads, this guideline will be broken. Half the thread will be stitched in a clockwise direction, the other half counter-clockwise. To ensure a correct wrong side (important because we want this piece to be reversible), the second half will be stitched from the outside of the shape to the inside. 

Note: In manipulating color placement with over-dyed threads, you may actually throw some away. I know...that hurts!

Manipulating Burnt Toast 

Open up the skein of Watercolours but DO NOT CUT IT. Lay it in a circle on a table, unwrap until you find a yellow area. From the middle of this, measure out 32" both ways. This means that the first yellow area may not be right. Cut, making a 64" long thread. Separate gently into three individual threads. 

Measure, to find the center of your congress cloth, and, with a needle,"wiggle" a hole to mark it. This is your starting point. 

Thread one end of your long thread into a #22 tapestry needle. Hold the exact center of the yellow area between your left thumb and forefinger. Insert the needle at # 1 in Diagram 1. Pull through until the part you are holding stops at "X." This will center your color. 

Diagram 1 and Diagram 1a 

Following the arrows and block numbers, stitch the first half thread clockwise, having "parked" the other half out of the way. When you reach the last stitch of block # 1, refer to Diagram 1a for the sequence to negotiate blocks # 2 and # 3. 

When block # 10 is completed, secure the thread on the wrong side through blocks # 10, then # 9, then # 8. 

Now thread the second half into your # 22 tapestry needle and stitch a mirror-image, working from the outside to the inside, following A to I. To go from G to H, travel through the back of 8. 

The second motif ­ the head ­ will be stitched using the same concept, starting in the middle at the chin. Be sure to note the sequence at the ears in Diagram 2. 

Diagram 2 

On finishing block 10, secure the thread on the wrong side through blocks 10, 9, 8 and 7. 

Follow the letters for the second half of the thread, getting from block J to K by going through the wrong side of J and I. 

To stitch the feet, cut the third long thread in half and stitch from the inside to the outside as shown in Diagram # 3, placing the yellow where you wish. Mirror image the other foot. 

Diagram 3 and Diagram 4 

The left and right side will also be stitched as indicated by the arrows - mirror-imaging the color placement. 

Cutting and Withdrawing Threads 

For the feet and ears, cut only four threads where indicated by the wavy lines. Withdraw those threads. 


Diagram 1

Using the # 8 Pearl cotton and a # 24 tapestry needle, put a knot off-center in the center square of fabric. 

Bring the needle up at the lower edge, between the four threads as shown in Diagram 1. You will need to hold the thread on the  wrong side to the left until Diagram 1 and 2 have been executed. The thread from the knot to the beginning will be secured by subsequent stitches. 

Pull these stitches TIGHTLY. The idea is to produce a lace-like effect by making the holes larger. 

Diagram 2 

Continue weaving in a figure of eight (alternating Diagrams 1 and 2) until you have filled the bar.

Diagram 3 and 4

Stop when the thread is leaning in the direction of the next bar to be worked. Come up between the four threads of the next bar and stop when half-woven, with the thread facing the hole in which the Dove's Eye filet is to be worked.

Be Sure to Come Back for Part II next month!

About Marion

Marion Scoular was born in Palestine of British / American parents. She graduated from the Royal School of Needlework in 1955, with a 3-year Mark Excellent Diploma. At the time, Marion was the youngest student to receive the First Place Award from the Worshipful Company of Needlemakers and also the First Prize Silver Medal from the City and Guilds of London. After one year at a Cambridge Institute College, Marion taught Dressmaking in English High Schools for 3 years. 

Upon emigrating to the U.S., Marion opened The Robin Hood Wool Shop in Clemson, SC and ran it for 13 years. She concurrently taught Adult Education classes at Clemson University. Marion has authored many correspondence courses, the first of which was offered by the EGA in 1970. Her current courses include Blackwork and Pulled Stitches, offered by the ANG, and Hardanger and Finishing with Flair, offered by the EGA. She has taught workshops, given lectures and judged in 40 states (with hopes to eventually include all 50!), Canada, Mexico and Australia. Further impeccable credentials include: teaching the Counted Thread Shopowner's Certification Program, being on the faculty of Callaway Gardens Needlecraft School, The Valentine Assembly (now the National Academy of Needlearts), the Council of American Embroiderers, the Smocking Arts Guild of America and the National Embroidery Teacher's Association. Marion also co-coordinated the Pinehurst Institute of Advanced Needleart and teaches at Trade shows for Wichelt Imports, Inc. 

In addition to the above, Marion has contributed articles to numerous publications, has been featured on TV and has made a video on Basic Canvas Embroidery. Another vocation is leading embroidery tours abroad.

With all this on her plate, one would hardly think that Marion could have time for other leisure activities. But she does and they include sports car rallying, gymkhanas, square dancing, international folk dancing, singing, reading, listening to audio books (great, while stitching), concerts and theater going.

And now, Marion has written a book. One, which, not only tells you how to, but also, why. Entitled Advice is for Listening to - not Necessarily Taking!!, Marion's book covers starts, joins and endings in Canvas, Cross Stitch, Hardanger, Blackwork, Pulled Stitches, Surface Stitchery and much, much more to improve the techniques you enjoy and to broaden your knowledge of others. It is packed full of tips and ideas - and peppered with Words of Wisdom...In sharing her "two cents" worth, Marion acknowledges that what you do with it, is up to you. Marion says of her book, "In sharing some of the many tips and ideas gleaned from over 45 years of teaching the art of the needle, I acknowledge your right to disagree with me...hence the title...It was one of my Scottish father's many phrases of wisdom...It is never too late to learn or adapt. My mother, Marjorie Reid, started taking my evening classes at the age of 60 and contributed several of the concepts...at age 65, she came to work at my shop - The Robin Hood Wool Shop - and at 71, she bought the shop from me, operating it until her death five years later."

Advice is for Listening to - not Necessarily Taking!! is available directly from Marion for $26.00, plus $4.00 for shipping and handling. Georgia residents, please add $1.56 sales tax. Also available from Marion is her self-published booklet, Hardanger, for $8.50 plus $1.50 for shipping and handling. Georgia residents, please add $.50 sales tax. Please be patient when ordering as Marion is a strictly one-woman operation! For more information, or to order a copy of Marion Scoular's book, contact her at: 

Sherwood Studio

2840 Skye Terrace

Duluth, GA 30096-6262

Phone and Fax : (770) 497- 0648

E mail:  marionscoular@email.msn.com


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