Sunday, March 30, 2014

Simple challenge

We've had the most glorious, later summer sunshine this weekend...


...and I spent quite a few hours in the garden. I just happened to stumble across a couple of sweet little plants, begging to come home with me when I was a the nursery the other day and with autumn just around the corner, it is a good time to get digging. It is amazing what a couple of hours of 'scratching around in the dirt' can do. I find it so relaxing and completely loose track of time when I am outside. However, it was not only in the garden that the weekend was productive...


... I also finish the 'White Carnations'. I am not quite sure if that is the name of this piece yet, but finish it I did. I didn't have a much left to do on this project but it still took me a bit by surprise how long even those tiny little things took to embroider.


The challenge of this project is not that it uses a lot of different techniques and tricky stitches - to the contrary, the challenge is in the simplicity. The design might look intricate but the stitches are really, really simply and sometimes simplicity is the most difficult - any little bit that is not right will stand out. 
I think it came up ok. 
It is times like this that I really wish I had a better camera and was much, much better at taking photos! This gives you an idea, but honestly - it doesn't do it justice. 


With new little plants filling in a few holes in the garden beds and a fresh piece of goldwork off the frame leaves me with that nice feeling completion and accomplishment. 
Ahhh, what next? - I think a rabbit is waiting.....

I hope you too had a lovely weekend.
Anna x

9 comments:

  1. Beautiful! l love your colours, and the golden finishing touches.

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  2. I really, really like the elegance in the simplicity. It's lovely.

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  3. This is lovely. Your goldwork pieces are tempting me to try it myself!

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  4. This is a beautiful piece, Anna. The curves of the gold leaves are beautiful.

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  5. Absolutely lovely work! Maybe I'll try to learn gold work eventually. Thanks for inspiring.

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  6. I just adore this piece, Anna. Very Art Noveau. All of your pieces are great - but I especially love this.
    Ok, onto reading about Mr Rabbit's latest progress.....! Really enjoying that too.

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    1. thanks so much, Megan. I can't believe it took me over a year to get back on to it and then finish in only a couple of days.

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  7. What stitch did you use for the undersides of the 'leaves'? Please.

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    1. The underside of the leaves are done with a very fine gold passing thread, placed back and forth across the width and only couched at the turning points with a dark blue silk.

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