Tuesday, 1 April 2014

A goldwork decoration

Happy April the first!  Here's hoping no-one tries to fool me today as I will fall for it.  I finished the canvas work decoration that was challenge for Needlequest's March theme of goldwork.



I am so happy with how it turned out.  Yep, that's right, I'm happy with it.  There are no major mistakes that I feel compelled to point out.  It's about 6" tip to top, not including the tassle.


The cream stitches are all Rhodes stitches, which is a lovely textural stitch.  The gold squares are leather which I stab stitched in place.  That was quite challenging, as was cutting them to the right size.  Each one has 2 layers of felt underneath to give it some depth.  The outside is sewn up with beads.  I forgot to take a picture of the back, but it's just a plain cream silk.


I hung it up in my craft room to take a picture and it's currently living there until I find a better home for it!  I really enjoyed this quick foray into goldwork and I will be doing some more.  It's also got me itching to do some more canvas work... If only I didn't have 360 WIPs as it is... 


Related posts
Needlequest January - Needlepainting
Needlequest February - Japan (Sashiko)
Needlequest March - Goldwork, starting the decoration

19 comments:

Christine said...

Wow, that is gorgeous

Jane Galley said...

Oh, wow! That is beautiful, I hope you'll be doing some more goldwork

ukcitycrafter said...

Absolutely beautiful!

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Anna said...

Absolument magnifique !!!!!!! Mes félicitations !!!!!
Bonne journée !
Anna

Rachel said...

It is a charming piece and has worked beautifully. Well done - especially on cutting the leather precisely!

BackstoryBeads said...

Artfully done! You've reminded me this morning of the beauty of precision!

Rhona said...

Your ornament is amazing! So beautiful!

JoJo said...

I love it I love it i love it!!!!!!!

Sarah in Stitches said...

It's fantastic! I'm so impressed :D

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

Very cool, Wendy, of course I am imagining small versions as earrings. Of course :)

Maryanne said...

Your canvaswork is beautiful, Wendy! I used to do canvaswork almost exclusively but I haven't done any in a long while. It sounds as though we have a lot of crafting, or artwork, in common! Thank you for following my blog. I really appreciate your comments and your interest.

Sheila said...

Hi Wendy,
I love it!! Absolutely beautiful. I must have missed if you posted what chart it is. Great job.

SuperMomNoCape said...

Oh Wendy... that is soooooo beautiful! You are rightly proud of it.

Sandra :) said...

Very pretty - 1 down - 360 to go! LOL!!! Just kidding - just typing that number sent shivers up and down my spine! ;)

margaret said...

this is a beautiful piece

Jules Woolford said...

Well done, that's really lovely!

Renee said...

It's very cute, great work on the tiny details!

Renee said...

Beautiful! Your blog is becoming a dangerous place to visit. I'm still telling myself I have too many projects to try adding a placemat project to the list, and now I am itching to finally try some gold work. ;) Thank you for sharing your inspiring projects!

Jo Ferguson said...

Simply gorgeous!