Friday, October 12, 2012

Spring Daisies 2



The sun came back out today, so after a walk with the dog, I managed to steel a couple of hours on the Spring Daisy this afternoon. The trouble with this kind of fine goldwork is that it is just too hard on my eyes at night, so finding a bit of day time stitching is just fabulous.


So what is there to tell? Well, first of all; I need stronger glasses! Secondly the silk is really ridiculously  fine and I question myself why I do these things. It looks beautiful though, especially the white thread, which is so fine, the gold almost shines through it, which I love.



Thirdly, I probably should have chosen the gold passing thread instead of the couching thread. I do like the fine couching thread that I am using, but it is a rather soft thread (in metal thread terms) so I have to be careful not to squash it too tightly where the stitching is really dense. I am also finding that the metal wrapping on the thread is very, very easily damaged by the needles so I have to be rather careful.

Am I going to unpick it? No. As the work grows, the rounds will take longer and longer to complete, so it will be a slow project to finish but despite the trickiness of it I am rather pleased with how it is shaping up - who said it was going to be easy anyway? However, if I do stitch it again (I really don't like doing anything twice, so that is very unlikely) and if, IF I ever do something similar for a workshop or a kit, I will most certainly be trying a different combination of threads and quite possibly use a slightly darker beige or even a blue-beige for the shading, which on this piece is very, very subtle in this piece.

For now, I am off to the shops for new and stronger stitching glasses!
Have a fabulous weekend,
Anna x

10 comments:

  1. The couching thread you've chosen looks just fine and the sheen is lovely. I would have chosen something like that too. So, my 'vote' is to carry on as is.=)

    I admire anyone with the patience to do or nué as I would get very frustrated and bored with the repetitiveness and monotone. I was ready to give up embroidery for good whilst working a dog thread painting owing to the lack of bright colours!!=)

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    1. Elizabeth - after a completely insanely busy week at work where my poor brain is spinning at a million miles an hour there is something completely satisfying and peaceful about a bit of tedious or nue. Trust me a couple of rounds and I am bored. Just as well I have something quicker and brighter on the go as well.

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  2. I've read of filament silk being recommended for or nue as well - have you used it?

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    1. Hi Rachel, I have tried filament silk and that is just as fine, as what I am using, but it seems to 'spread' over the metal and cover it better. This thread, which I have no idea what is except very fine silk, doesn't appear twisted, but at the same time it is stranded and cannot be divided into filaments. What I really like about it is that it doesn't catch and fluff up as easily as filament silk. I would love to find out what it is, but I have had it for years and haven't come across anything else like it.

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  3. Nothing more irritating than not being able to see what you are doing.
    A magnifier helps but isn´t very handy. You have to get used to it.
    Your work looks great though!
    Have a nice weekend!

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    1. Yes Marjolein, I have tried the magnifying glass, but I just cannot get used to it. So far a pair of slightly stronger glasses are doing the job.
      I had a look at your blog - lovely work!
      Have a nice weekend. Anna

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    2. Thank you for your complement ;)

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  4. That is beautiful! Can't wait to see the finished piece.

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  5. I love this design. What a great idea! I can't wait to see how it turns out. Can't go wrong with daisies, in my book. :)

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  6. Daisies are my favorite flower. You're embroidery work is amazing. I love the textures you are creating and so fun that you're sharing how :)

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and commenting. Happy to be flying beside you!

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