My poppies are growing! This is a design by Faby Reilly, when it’s stitched together it makes a triangular humbug shape.This is where I was last time I showed you…
This is my borrowed time project, I usually have something little on the go I can do whilst I’m doing something else, 10 minutes whilst cooking tea, half an hour having a coffee in a cafe, ten minutes in the dentists waiting room. I keep it by my chair downstairs in a zip lock bag which I can pop in my handbag if I’m going out. It’s surprising what you can achieve in borrowed time!
It’s been interesting seeing this grow as when I saw the three shades of red they looked so different I really couldn’t see how they blend, DMC666 is an orange/red, 321 is what I would call a true red and 815 is like a dark burgandy, yet they all work together!
I like doing the back-stitch on Faby’s designs as they really come alive then, when it’s half done like now you can really see the difference it makes. I’ve still to find some beads for the poppy centres too, I’m sure I will find something in my bead box.
I’ve also started the gold stitching, now that bit I don’t enjoy, just because I don’t like the DMC gold thread, luckily there’s not too much, a couple more Algerian stars and some broken back-stitch lines. I’ve still three letters to do too – ‘ppy’ in tiny cross-stitch over one thread, I keep giving my eyes a break with that one!I made a small mistake on the letters on the right side, the u is one thread too high, so all the others above are also one thread out…which meant I had to really concentrate on the left hand side to make sure the letters there are also one thread out so they will join together when I stitch it up! Fingers crossed!
I’m going on an embroidery retreat tomorrow with the Embroiderers Guild, I’m pretty excited! Three days of embroidery up in Threshfield at the other end of Wharfedale. It’s organised by Grassington Embroiderers Guild and I’m doing a course with Nicola Jarvis, one of her embroideries was already on my to do list so I’m dead excited to be learning from her.