It’s three weeks since I last showed you my progress on my flower lattice embroidery. Yet again I haven’t had much time to spend on my embroidery, mainly because I decided to make a concerted effort to finish my Splendid Sampler quilt, which I did this week, happy dance time!
This is where I was three weeks ago, just finished another diamond…
I’m stitching the blocks strictly in the order they are in Di van Niekirk’s book, mainly because otherwise I’ll stitch the bits I fancy first and then I’m left with the ones that look difficult! I’ve been looking forward to stitching the next one though, I think it probably appeals because it’s mainly thread embroidery, which I’m slightly more confident with than ribbon work, and I also love agapanthus and hollyhocks. I keep trying to grow agapanthus in pots in the garden but I tend to uncover them too early and a late frost gets them. I was green with envy when we holidayed in New Zealand a couple of years ago and they were growing like weeds!!!
Back to my embroidery…
I started with the stems which this time are just twisted ribbon. The agapanthus heads are embroidered with stranded cotton. I’m not using the official threads, I’m finding floss in my stash mainly, pus a few extra I purchased at the beginning.I chose variegated threads DMC 4240 for the darker blue flowers and DMC 4215 for the lighter pinky coloured bloom. The flowers are just tiny straight stitches, 5 or 6 per floret (not sure if that is the right word!) with occasional fly stitches and straight stitches of soft green in the centre.
With the first one I stitched I was concerned that the blue was a little dark, so I added a few stitches in a lighter blue, I wasn’t convinced it made any difference so I just used one variegated thread for each of the other two blooms. Anyway, I like the darker blue agapanthus in real life!
I’m really pleased with the agapanthus blooms, the stitches are tiny so it does make them look delicate. I did have to smile at the size of the ladybird, on the grounds that the flowers in real life are probably 3-4″ across at least, that’s one helluva big ladybird!! I’ve put my stork scissors next to the flowers to give you an idea of scale of the stitches (not the ladybird!).
Hopefully next time I’ll have the diamond finished!
There’s quite a few of us taking part in the stitch-a-long, it’s great as you can choose your own project, you just need to post a progress report every three weeks, it does concentrate the mind if you’re stitching something which could easily drift! Welcome to our two new members, Timothy and Mary Margaret, and welcome back to Wendy who back into our fold too, so please follow the links to see what everyone has been stitching. If you fancy joining our merry band then just send Avis (our esteemed organiser!) a message. Please follow the links to see what everyone else is stitching.
- Avis at http://sewingbesidethesea.wordpress.com
- Claire at http://claire93.wordpress.com
- Gun at http://rutigt.wordpress.com
- Carole at http://aslightobsessionwithbooks.wordpress.com
- LucyAnn at https://lucyannluna.wordpress.com
- Jess at https://everthecrafter.wordpress.com
- Sue at http://sewingmagpie.blogspot.com
- Constanze at https://textiledreamer.wordpress.com
- DebbieRose at https://sewrosey.wordpress.com
- Christina at https://petalsandpins.wordpress.com
- Susan at http://susanpblog.wordpress.com
- Kathy at https://livinginrapidcity.wordpress.com
- Kate at https://talltalesfromchiconia.wordpress.com/
- Cindy at http://homeofaflossjunkie.blogspot.com
- Helen at http://stitchingranny.wordpress.com
- Steph at https://mymakingdoadventure.wordpress.com
- Linda blogs at http://lindascr8tions.wordpress.com
- Catherine blogs at http://hillviewembroidery.com
- Wendy at https://thecraftersapprentice.blogspot.co.uk/
- Mary Margaret at http://marymargaretripley.com
- Timothy at http://wickedstitcher.wordpress.com