I did a zellig tile last year on vintage canvas stitched with greens and light rose. Before I get it framed to hang up in our house, I thought I should stitch a companion piece. So today I’m showing you the start of the Happy Valley Tile.
One of the first places I visited in Morocco (over 40 years ago) was a place called Happy Valley. Lush plants, waterfalls, and walkways all over the place. I tried to find it online today but I guess it no longer exists. So I went through photos I have on my computer. I spent a year scanning in all the photos I’ve taken over the years (and photos from my mother and father as well). I found this one to show you.
To stitch the new tile, a friend has given a few skeins of DMC’s Satin Floss (their new rayon floss) in similar colors to my piece from last year. I’m using the same vintage canvas as the previous tile, brown on sage green. Here’s the canvas with the threads I’ll be using. On the left I have two shades of brown and I’m not sure I’ll be using them. Next to them I have some overdyed floss from Needle Necessities that I hope will work well with the brown in the canvas. On the right side of the canvas are the 3 colors I’ll be using for most of the time. This tile will be a little smaller than the one I stitched last year, but not much.
I’ve read Emma’s Floss Guide which I found on the DMC site here. She recommended that I wet the threads by running the thread over a damp sponge and let them dry, which didn’t take long at all. They seemed more manageable this way. Though by the time I was halfway through the star, I was not wetting them anymore. I was getting the hang of stitching with this thread. I used three plies doubled over through the eye of the needle and made a slip knot at the eye. After I made the first stitch, I didn’t have to worry about the strands moving around. I started by using my laying tool, but quickly abandoned that as well. I’m moving along well now. I’ll be back in a few days with more progress and photos.