We worked on pieces of organdy. Organdy is a cotton fabric that has a very stiff drape. Organza is made from silk or man-made materials and is very frayey. Yes, frayey is a word. The fabric is quite transparent, so the stitches are on the back, showing through as a coloured shadow. The photo above is the front of the work. The photo below is the back.
We used perle cotton and herringbone stitch to stitch a row and a leaf shape. That is all the technique that's involved!
We traced the pattern onto the fabric using a pencil, this was very easy as the fabric is ideal for this kind of work! We then hooped up, adding in a piece of tissue paper to the front. The tissue was torn away a bit at a time and was to keep the fabric and work clean.
Here I used a pale blue to stitch my initial. You can vary the look of the piece by stitching tiny stitches close together or bigger stitches further apart. I was aiming for a closed block of stitching.
I used a darker blue for the flower then added yellow french knots.
Unbelievably, I left with a finished piece! There was the perfect amount of time in the class to finish the piece. But, and there was always going to be a but, I haven't framed it yet! Ridiculous, I know. I have a lovely piece of green organdy to put behind the stitching and I have a hoop of the right size... so why haven't I done it?