Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Goldwork progress

What's with the many scissors...?


One of my boys asked as he brought me a cup of coffee the other day (yes, he actually does these things from time to time).
I managed to spend a few hours on the goldwork piece last week and I have often thought that my work table looks a bit like a surgeon's tray with my scissors, tweezers, wax, mellore, thimble and other bits and pieces lined up next to my work. 
Well, the yellow handled ones are my favourite for very fine work. It is a pair of Kai 4" embroidery scissors. Nice and very sharp with a short blade so you can snip in close. The gold ones are my goldwork scissors - great for trimming threads and the curved ones are just fabulous for cutting purls. It is another pair of Kai scissors and my friend, Jenny Adin-Christie put me on to them. You see, the serrated blades on the goldwork scissors tend to grip, snag and unravel purls - these on the other hand cut crisp and clean. Love them.


I finished another two lobes - they are getting nice and big now. 


   It is taking shape and it interesting to see how the the fillings, even though they are the same, reflects the light differently in each one.


Only two shapes to go + the finishing touches. I added an extra lobe curving the opposite way since the original drawing. It just needed something... 

Look back and see how it got this far. 
4. Progress 

Enjoy your week.
Anna x

11 comments:

  1. Stunning Anna. Just gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks Erica - now all I have to do is finish...

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  2. I have so enjoyed watching this piece come together. The extra lobe is a super idea :)

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    1. Glad you like it - it just needed a little 'something'

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    1. Thanks Andy. I already have the next piece drawn up, so I really want to finish this one.

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  4. I've just subscribed to your blog, and wanted to thank you for putting in links to the previous posts for this piece. Now I can become fully immersed in your gorgeous stitchery, with very little effort! :-)
    The addition of the extra lobe looks great!

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    1. Welcome Melissa, I hope you enjoy the ride...

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  5. Your perfect, precise stitches are an inspiration!

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