August 2021 Stitch-a-long: Herringbone & Holes by Jane Ellen Balzuweit

For our August stitch-a-long on Facebook we are working on Herringbone & Holes with Jane Ellen Balzuweit. Here’s more about this month’s stitch-a-long from admin Kate Gaunt:

Where has the summer gone? It’s already August and school in Texas starts in less than two weeks. Yikes!

Our August SAL comes to us courtesy of EGA member Jane Ellen Balzuweit. I don’t think Jane Ellen ever found a needlework technique that she couldn’t do. She has taught nationally for EGA and other organizations for many, many years. We are very fortunate that she continues to share her talents with us.

Our August project is called Herringbone and Holes. It’s a nice, small introduction to the Herringbone stitch and some basic pulled thread stitches. It finishes at 3″ x 6″ on the recommended 28 count linen. There are nine bands in the project, so even if you only stitch a band a day, you can have a completed project in a little more than a week!

Download: Herringbone & Holes PDF with instructions, charts and photo

As you gather your supplies, you’ll need a piece of linen about 8″ x 10″ if you use the recommended 28 count. 28 count is suggested because you get nice movement with the pulled thread. Aida will not work for this project. You’ll see that there are thread options for the colored work in this project. Jane Ellen used two strands of silk floss for the colored areas. She suggests stranded cotton or size 12 pearl cotton as alternate choices. I liked even MORE intensity of color on my sample and I used size 8 pearl cotton for the colored areas. Raid your stash and see what you can find.

Thanks again to Jane Ellen for this creative exploration!

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