Friday, June 12, 2015

Goldwork Finished

... drum roll...

I have named it 

The finishing touch involved tidying up the outline with a fine pearl purl wire and a beautifully dark raspberry colours stranded silk from Colour Streams

Pearl purl is a very 'chunky', rather rigid metal thread. It comes as a hollow coil like a spring and looks a little like a string of gold beads. When you stretch it right out you get this beautiful continues coil which, when stitched down with coloured thread results in a fabulous candy stripe outline.
If you are not familiar with pearl purl you can jump over to Needle 'n' Thread where Mary Corbet has several articles on it and how to use it.

You can wrap the coloured threads into the purl before you stitch it down, but I had already cut the skein of silk for another project to the strands weren't long enough. Instead I had to stitch into every single coil along the outline.

It worked a treat. I am really, really happy with this one and look forward to getting it laced up ready to be framed. The best thing about finishing - I can start a new piece! - And trust me, I have had plenty of ideas while stitching this one. If only there were more hours in the day...

Have a fabulous weekend,
Anna x

PS Below are the list of post for this project if you want to check back and see how this piece came about.
The start | Progress 1 | Progress 2 | Progress 3 | Progress 4 | Progress 5

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Goldwork progress - nearly there

After having been set aside for a bit my goldwork piece is back on the stand and nearly there...

It is so close and I had hoped to finish it on the weekend - but it is pruning time in the vineyard, so when the sun is out, so am I armed with pruning snips. I actually don't mind pruning. There is something very satisfying about turning wild and unruly looking vines into something more tidy and manageable...

...a bit like metal thread tails really. It occurred to me that pruning in many ways is not that different from tidying up metal thread tails...! This is the last lobe and the very last few tails on this one.

The last bit of copper twist outline. I love how the couching thread becomes completely invisible when you couch twist. 

Each stitch is placed to follow the twist of the thread and I split the twist so that I only catch one ply. As I pull the stitch to, I rotate the twist slightly and the stitch disappears like magic. 

The last two lobes complete. 
And there...

It kind of look finished, but there is just one more thing I want to do to neaten the outline. It will have to wait until later in the week so I can stitch during the day.

Have a wonderful week,

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Embroidered picture - Grape Sign

Work on the Lone Tree picture is coming along - in fact I am finding it hard to really get stuck into other 'must do' embroidery jobs.

I will show you the progress later but in the meantime I thought I would show you this picture. This is the first embroidered picture I did a very, very long time - in fact I have only ever done this one, but it might give you an idea of where the next one is heading.

I use whatever thread is most suitable from my stash, colour more important than fibre, and rather than using thread painting in the traditional sense to create a flat picture, I see stitches in every surface and try to translate each into stitches; satin stitch bricks, stem stitch for the smooth area above the window, a bit of card padding helped make sharp edges of the window frame...

The Old Town, Aarhus, Denmark
The picture is based on a photograph Adrian had taken on a family outing to The Old Town, Aarhus in Denmark. It is an open air museum with 75 historical building collected from townships in all parts of Denmark - a great place to visit if you are ever visiting that part of the world.  

Anyway, Adrian took photos of some of beautiful old signs including this one outside the wine cellar. My version is only small - the size of the photo, but I think it is one of my all time favourite pieces. 
Now I REALLY must get some 'work' done. Submissions for Beating Around the Bush, 2016 are due so I'd better get to it!

Have a nice weekend,