Sunday, 13 January 2013

embroidery

My apologies for the dull title.  I sat here staring into space trying to think of something imaginative, but no, didn't happen. 


This, ladies and gentlemen, is WIP #10 - "vintage" embroidery, completed and crossed off the list.  I found the pattern on Flickr a long time ago - here.  I started stitching, but just stopped.  I decided it was time to continue.


I used Perle cotton number 8 for all of it, so was a bit limited as to the colours I could use as I only had a certain range.  I did try to vary my stitches though.  The leaves are done in fly stitch, the flowers, body of the bird and heart are all satin stitch.


The flourishes to either side of the heart are raised bar stitch, this was a new stitch to me, found in the fab stitching book my MIL bought me for Christmas - Stitchopedia.  The heart is filled with a simple latice with cross stitches at the joining points.  I had picked out a more elaborate stitch, but the lattice ended up too closely spaced.  I'm not sure about my choice of colours for this part, but it's done now!


The main body of the bird is satin stitch, with the tail feathers in fly stitch and the wing another latice over a base of satin stitch.  I used to hate satin stitch, but this time I started with an outline in split stitch and found it much easier to do.

The hoop is in place and has a felt backing, ready to hang in my gallery.  I was going to cover the frame with washi tape, but the wood showed through - I think it needs painting white first, but can't see that happening any time soon!


17 comments:

Shirley said...

Hi Wendy that is so pretty, congrats on another finish, you are doing so well. Embroidery is something else I haven't tried, I should really I am happy having a needle in my hand, hence cross stitch.

Pam @Threading My Way said...

I really like the colours you've chosen, Wendy. I'd leave the hoop as it is, as a contrast to the white fabric.

Just-Do said...

It doesn't show you were limited in any way. It looks beautiful. Great idea to leave it in the hoop and hang it like that.

Kerryp77 said...

beautiful work. I like the colours, they give a proper vintage feel to it. I'd leave the hoop as it is too. x

cauchy09 said...

this is very elegant! nice job!

Chrissie said...

I think the colours are very complimentry, a very pretty stitchery
love the different stitches

JennyPennyPoppy said...

Your stitching and the design are very lovely :)

JoJo said...

That's a beautiful piece! I am not advanced enough for some of these stitches!

Samantha said...

I really like the colours, beautiful and soft :)

Anna said...

Gorgeous !
Have a nice week.
Anna

Celtic Thistle said...

Looks great Wendy, congratulations on knocking another WIP off the list!

I must try that tip with satin stitch too.

Katherine said...

Beautifully done, Wendy! The palette is soft and lovely - very dreamy. Love it!

Kerry said...

Looks fantastic!

Alison said...

This is lovely, love the colours!

Alison
x

SuperMomNoCape said...

Your embroidery is so lovely. Satin stitch is my least favourite of all the stitches. Yours turns out great.

Sandra :) said...

That's so pretty - I like the colour range! Congrats on another finish, woooooooooohoooooooooooo!

CeLynn said...

Way to go! Your embroidery is really pretty,I would have never guessed your color choice was limited.