I like embroidery, and I like mysteries, and now I have an embroidery mystery to solve. I don't know what this embroidery technique is called, and I can't find a reference to it anywhere. It's similar to huck embroidery, but any huck embroidery I've ever seen has rows of woven, geometric designs. This doesn't.
Here's where the mystery begins. Two of these stamped towels were among some linens I bought a few years ago at a sale. I thought they were standard-issue stamped embroidery, that would call for the usual embroidery stitches.
Fortunately, the original instructions were folded in with one of the towels. The instructions called for weaving rows of floss in the designs, then finishing with standard embroidery stitches.
You can see the weave of the fabric really well in these closeups. Trust me, it is not that obvious while you're stitching. This is a project that requires good light and good eyesight. Nonetheless, it is really fun. Those rows fill right in.
The outline stitch, which is not one of my favorites, is really necessary to define the design.
You could adapt any embroidery design to this technique, as long as it wasn't terribly intricate and provided some nice, open spaces. I think bolder colors work best. On the other towel, I'll probably use a darker shade of pink. I used three strands of floss for the weaving and two strands for most of the outlining. I ended up using three strands of pink for the outlining on the rose on the right, because the outlining on the pink on the left looked a little too thin.
And here's the finished design, before the towel was hemmed. I've since hemmed it, and now all it needs is the technique identified. Does anyone know? Whatever it is, it's extremely addictive, and I'm eager to try it out on some other projects.
p.s. The unidentified object in yesterday's post was a ketchup bottle cover, which Jenifir guessed right away. It was not, ahem, a cover for beer or cheap gin.