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Part I

The beauty of an antique perfume bottle with atomizer, coupled with the beauty of silks and metallics and wonderfully textured stitches and techniques bring "Autumnal Scentiment" to life. In this class, designed for the experienced stitcher, you will experience Free-form Fly Stitch, Florentine Patterning, Rhodes, Fleur-de-Lis Crescents, Whipped Backstitch, Stem and Venetian Cloth Stitch. While learning these techniques you will work with three luscious Caron Collection threads: Waterlilies, Impressions and Soie Cristale, as well as floss and metallic braid. (Click on the picture below for a full size photo for reference.)


 Materials you will need

8" x 10" piece of cream Congress cloth from OOE

Stretcher bars to fit canvas. (Both hands need to be free to stitch.)

Regular stitching supplies including a laying tool

Threads: one skein each

  • Waterlilies, 062, Burnt Toast
  • Impressions, 1136, Light Chocolate
  • Soie Cristale, 3056, Light Rust
  • Kreinick #8 Braid, 221, Antique Gold (Note: Candlelight D1, gold, from The Caron Collection can be substituted)
  • DMC floss, 316, Antique Mauve (Note: this is used in the background. Your choice of Soie Cristale or Waterlilies may be substituted.)
 If you wish to choose your own colors, first pick a Waterlilies, then pull the other threads to coordinate, choosing a coordinating metallic last.

To use Waterlilies, Impresssions and Soie Cristale, open the skein and cut through the skein at the knot. You will have all one-yard lengths. Use the number of strands or plies specified in the instructions.


Start 3" down from the upper left corner of the canvas and 3 l/4" to the right with the Rhodes stitch at the top of the perfume bottle.

AREA 1. Perfume Bottle Top. Use one strand of metallic throughout.

1. Rhodes stitch. The placement of the final stitch gives each particular Rhodes its own personality and direction. Do backstitches around the Rhodes as illustrated in the master chart.

2. Spray Spout. Gobelin stitch tied down with vertical stitches.

3. Connector to atomizer. Horizontal Cashmere -- see master chart above

4. Neck below Rhodes stitch. Vertical encroaching gobelin.

5. Bottle cap. Gobelin stitches. See Master Chart and Diagram 3. Work in vertical rows, paying careful attention to the placement of the stitches. Note that for the bottom stitches of the outer rows three stitches share one hole.

6. Collar at base of cap. Diagonal tent surrounded by backstitches. Note that the tent stitch changes direction for each side. The backstitches will be whipped after the bottle has been stitched.

AREA 2. Perfume Bottle Upper Areas.

1. With one strand of metallic, work 2 rows of vertical "over 4" backstitches to delineate the central area from the two side areas. When the central area and 2 side areas are completed, whip these backstitches.

2. Thread your needle with 3 plies of Waterlilies in the following manner. Cut the skein at the knot and strip off 3 plies from one length of thread. Line up the variegations on two and turn the other strand opposite to create a blend of colors.

3. Leaves, central area. With the Waterlilies stitch the 5 leaves in the central area in the Free-form Fly Stitch.

a) A fly stitch is formed by leaving a straight stitch loose and tying it down so that you form a "V".

b) Follow the appropriate diagram to give either a right or left slant to the leaf you are stitching. Begin with the bottom leaf. Stitch 1-2 is a vertical straight stitch. Stitch 3-4, tied down by 5-6, is your first fly stitch. As you bring your needle to the surface for stitch 5-6, pull up and this action will give the fly stitch its proper shape and placement.



4. Vine. With one strand of Impressions, stitch the vine in whipped backstitch. First, work the backstitches from top to bottom. When you reach the last backstitch, bring your needle to the surface, sharing the hole at the bottom of the stitch. Wrap by sliding the thread underneath each backstitch once. Begin at the bottom and always approach the wrap from the same side and pull the thread in the direction you are moving. When you reach the top of the vine, plunge your needle to the back. This covers the segmentation of the backstitches and creates a smooth unbroken curve. See Diagram 6.


5. Background behind vine and leaves. With 2 plies of Soie Cristale, work the background in basketweave. The left side should be done in the traditional slant. For the right side, reverse the slant of your stitches. You may find it easier to turn the canvas one-quarter turn and work in the traditional manner to achieve this.


6. Side sections, upper portion of bottle. With 3 plies of Waterlilies, work the Florentine pattern from the top down on each side. The first full row of each side is illustrated on the Master Chart. The compensation for both the top and bottom of each side is charted for you on Diagram 7.

7. Division between upper and lower portions of bottle. Use metallic thread for the scalloped row of whipped backstitch.


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