Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Crewel progress

We have mountains of 'stuff' to do both in the garden and in the vineyard at the moment, which is one of the reasons stitching has taken a back seat the last few weeks. Most of my spring flowers got sizzled in the first wave of warm weather but my two large cacti, that look rather horrible for most of the year, are looking simply stunning.


They are covered in large pink flowers. When fully open they are the size of a large saucer - sadly each flower only lasts a day or so but when they are looking their best, they remind me of the main flower on the large crewel embroidery piece that is stretched up on my frame.

That there is so much to do outside doesn't mean I have completely neglected my needles and the crewel piece has grown every so slightly.

The other small leaf is finished...


... the filling with twisted textured filling is made from close rows of twisted chain stitch. It is a great stitch and I am rather chuffed with the result.



I am toying with the idea of a border around the entire design, just to finish it off neatly.
Not sure if I will go with one or two rows yet, so I will fill in a bit more of the main design to get a better feel for it.


I finished the main part of the other big stem yesterday with yes, another variation of chain stitch. This one is ladder chain - a little more tricky, especially over the really wide part of the stem. 


When I will get back to it next, I don't know. Perhaps when I do, it will seem obvious what to do with that border - one or two rows?

Happy Stitching,
Anna


9 comments:

  1. I love this design! Will it be available in your Etsy?
    xx

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    1. Thanks so much - without making too many promises, I expect this design might be heading that way. Just keep in mind that I am not the fastest at getting the 'tail end' (instructions) put together.

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  2. Beautiful, I love all the different filling stitches you have used.

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    1. I just love playing with stitches, so I am pleased you like it.

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  3. Anna, this is developing into such a mobile piece. The trailing vines and stems, and the twist you have put into the leaves give it such movement. Nice, nice nice!

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    1. What a beautiful description. It often surprises me how others see my work but I love how you see it. Nice, nice, nice...

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  4. I sat gazing at your pictures for ages this morning .My two most favourite things ....lovely crewel work beautifully done ....and epiphyllums . I have a collection of them all scrabbling about in my greenhouse .
    Enjoy your garden .....and thanks for sharing.

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    1. It is funny how things sometimes come together. I had no idea what the flower in the design was until I saw flowers in the garden. Now I know.

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  5. I love the colours you are using in this piece.
    Cactus flowers are so special, aren't they

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