Friday, June 23, 2017

The dragonfly and pomegranate...

While I was writing about not knowing how to embroidery the dragonfly the other day, I suddenly realised exactly what I needed to do.

The body is overstretched pearl purl, with a soft blue-green silk wrapped into it. The thorax is stitched in padded satin stitch with the same colour silk and a couple of tiny gold beads makes the eyes.
The wings are stitched on a 'sandwich' of grey and crystal organza, with fine gold crossed stitched over top for added sparkle.

The wired leaves are cut out and added to the stem.

Now all that is left to do is get it into a frame and my dragonfly and pomegranate is finished.

Happy weekend.
Anna X

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Pomegranate - WIP

The Fine Raised Stems I shared a few weeks ago are slowly growing leaves and fruit and I am sorry I have not kept you updated with the progress, other than a few quick pics on facebook.
 A week ago it looked like this...

... bits and half stitched pieces everywhere. The 'bits and pieces' that all come together at the end, is actually one of the things I really like about raised embroidery. Nothing looks like anything until it is all put together at the very end.

Since then..

Next to the red circle on the piece to the left, I stitched a pair of blood-orange half moons with rows of fine stem stitch slowly grading in tone. I have a bit of a weakness for stem stitch used as a filling stitch. It might seem tedious to do, but the end result is so worth it.

Attached to the main embroidery, the half moons become a split pomegranate, filled with seeds of ruby coloured beads.

The red circle, stitched over several layers of felt padding is turned into a smaller fruit,

A tiny caterpillar is measuring the length of the stem. She is done as a blanket stitch loop, couched down with a slightly darker green for the stripes and to get the shape.

To better show just how tiny she is, I left my thimble floating around.
And this is where I am at...

I still need to add the detached leaves, but first there is a hovering dragonfly to be embroidered. The bluish tones I originally had in mind for the body just doesn't look right. I have been circling around the design for the past few days, placing different coloured silks and beads over the dragonfly but I am still to find that 'perfect' colour - it will happen.

Best stitches,
Anna X

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Making a start

I am feeling a little 'scatter-brained' at the moment. It feels like my 'to-do' list is as long as my arm, I am trying to get too many things started, finished or written all at the same time and I feel like I am getting now-where. Do you know the feeling?
The good news is that when it gets too overwhelming I catch my breath the best way I know how - and stitch.

I have made a start on the new crewel panel. I embroidered the trunk of the tree in block shading. I have not done a lot of this stitch before. It is basically just blocks of satin stitch and it grew quickly once I realised it was impossible to get it even without some lines as a guide for the blocks. Even then a few a little 'wonky' but I don't think 'wonky' enough to start again...   We'll see.

At the top, where the trunks turn into a branch, I turned the block shading into a a double blanket stitch. The two types of stitches seem to merge quite naturally without getting a 'break' in the stitching. 
Of course there had to be fruit of some sort. I didn't want to repeat the fruits from the 'Apple Thief' and this is not an apple tree so I had to think of something else.

I have stitched them partly using one of my favourite stitches: whipped spider's web - I use it all teh time. I just love the raised texture and regular pattern of the whipped spokes.
The tops are closely worked blanket stitch (or buttonhole) and to finish off, I put a colonial know in the middle of each spider's web. Looking at the colours, perhaps these are acorns?
So this is where I am at...

It is nice to have started and see some colour.
Next up, leaves, I think...

Happy Stitching,
Anna X