It is finished...
... the Or Nué Spring Daisy can be ticked of the list of things to be Finished in February.
Working the last few rounds of laid gold, without any shading, went really quick after all dense colour on the petals.
I had seen a detail picture from an old ecclesiastical vestment on Needle 'n Thread some time ago. It was of a flower with an amazing centre stitched in check purl, looped and piled up into a soft dome. I thought it was fabulous and have had something along those lines in mind for the centre of my daisy ever since I started it.
I hadn't saved the page (of course) but Mary was (as always) most helpful and dug it out for me quickly. Isn't if fantastic? There is something exquisite about old goldwork - it has a patina that I just love.
I started the bullion loops - they looked ok, big and 'fluffy' - but as I filled the centre, it just wasn't right. They looked odd and somehow detracted from the delicate petals - so out they came...
It has been a learning curve and is by no means perfect, but overall - I am happy. Will it go in a paperweight as planned - no, the thick glass doesn't do it justice and I would like it to have a bit of space around it. I like space - I have some ideas but for now it is going into the 'what to do with later' pile. Will I do Or Nué again? - Absolutly! It might be slow and methodical, but it is ever so rewarding.