Sunday, December 1, 2013

Golden Leaves progress


Do you sometimes sit down to stitch - ever so determined to finish what you are working on?


Finding my studio filled with beautiful sunlight yesterday morning made me pretty determined to finish my little 'experiment' playing with bright golden yellows - just a few small details to go, starting with herringbone stitch for the main stem...


... wrong! First of all, it just didn't look right along the main part but on top of that it simply did not work at the little curly bit at the base. Nothing like starting the day with a bit of reverse stitching is there?


Starting again - this time two shades of green and interlocking blanket stitch. This is such an effective way of filling stems and narrow shapes. You simply work one row of blanket stitch, spacing the stitches one thread's width apart, then stitch a second row in the opposite direction, placing a stitch into each space in the previous row


I am much happier with this solution and even though the stem is now filled in completely (which was not really the plan) I don't think it looks too heavy.
I didn't quite finish and I am starting to think about what to make it into. Any ideas are most welcome.

Happy Stitching,
Anna x

12 comments:

  1. I definitely like the second option with the sides of the stems filled in, although I'm not sure I care for the two different colors. It seems unbalanced to me somehow, with the lighter color on one side and the darker on the other. Maybe if you used both colors in the needle to make a blended color? Just a thought, remember, I haven't a creative bone in my body :).

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    1. I see your point, Cynthia. I am being a little bit cheeky not showing the overall piece - hopefully when I do you will find the balance ok.
      I often blend threads for subtle colour variations, but not with wool I find it gets way too bulky. Good idea though.

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  2. The ladder effect is really good. The two colourway gives a third dimension to the stem. Which i really like. It is an intersting colour pallet to work with. How about a warm cosy corner cushion with a braided twisted cord around the edge and William Morris print on the reverse. I have another thought..as you are teaching and travelling what a bout a folder that has felt leaves to hold stitcheries in progress and the folder cover is this stitchery? I have a block book for my quilting so similiar theme....dont have to have so many hoops tied up with work.?

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion Robyn. Making things into 'stuff' is really not my strong point. Once I have finished the embroidery I am pretty much ready to move on the the next...

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  3. it's beautiful. I think I prefer the interlocking blanket stitch, the rest of the piece has fairly dense stitching so it goes really well.

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  4. I agree that the blanket stitch was an excellent solution! As Wendy mentioned, you already have some other areas completely covered, so to me it looks more balanced. I love the rich gold colours too -- so nice and warm!

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  5. I like the blanket stitch and the two different colours. The two colours give a sense of a light/dark shadow effect.

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  6. This looks beautiful! I think using two colours is what prevents the stem from looking too heavy - the lighter shade looks like it is reflecting a little sunshine along the side. What a great rescue job! Chrissie x

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  7. Doesn't it go like that sometimes? You're so sure that'll be the end of a task, and then.... I keep hoping I'll get to that peacock feather that I was working on during your February event, but I just can't persuade myself to it....

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    1. I too have a piece I didn't finish and haven't even looked at in the past 12 months - Just as well it is almost February again (scary) ;-)

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  8. Thanks all for the feedback - I do think this stem will stay as is. Now I just have to finish a minor detail and two and it is done.

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  9. I love the bright colours of this alternate colour scheme!

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