Friday, April 11, 2014

Happy Easter Brother Rabbit

It is a few days since I finished Brother Rabbit...

...I think it has come pretty close to how I pictured it in my head. 
One of the best parts about this type of work is putting it all together at the end. After hours of fine stitching, attaching the various bits and pieces always seem rather quick and all of a sudden what didn't look like much is a finished piece. 
What I have enjoyed the most about this project was the many different raised embroidery techniques I ended up using. It wasn't on purpose, I simply chose what I felt would work best as I went along. 

There are picots and loops, wired shapes and needlelace shapes, padded shapes and beaded shapes. No risk of getting bored with repetition on this one!
If you have never made wrapped bead berries you should give it a go. It is super easy - you can see how to do it HERE.

The one thing I was most unsure about right to the very end was the colours I had used for the wired leaves. I was not sure that the golden coloured one would look right. Now that they are in place amongst everything else I think the colour works to soften contrast between the blues and the golden coloured flowers.

If you want have a second look at how this piece came together you check out the posts here:

1. More than a year ago...
2. Stitching one year later
3. Surface embroidery complete
4. Detached leaves
5. Embroidering the rabbit
6. Finishing the rabbit

With Easter only a week away I will be very busy preparing the instructions next week. The threads are all ordered, so I'd better get a wriggle on.

I hope you will enjoy your weekend,
Anna X


  1. Belo, muito belo! Um trabalho especial !
    Um abraço!
    Beautiful, very beautiful! A special work!

  2. This is a beautiful piece of work, Anna, I love the combination of textures and techniques. I think the contrasting shade in the leaves works brilliantly! It is different yet it suits the overall piece so perfectly! Chrissie x

  3. That is just wonderful! I love all the different techniques (and thank you for showing how you did the bead berries). :)

  4. I like the colour choices in this one. Beautiful work Anna, as ever. What's next?

  5. This has turned out really well. I have enjoyed watching the process and seeing the finished product is great. Will you be putting a PDF in your Etsy shop as well as a kit? Thanks

  6. This is just admirable.