I’ve decided my hare is a Harry, not a Harold, he looks too gentle to be Harold, anyway my Granddad was a Harry!
Three weeks ago I had just finished embroidering the actual hare, I just had the background the finish…
The background is pre-printed, it’s just up to me how I interpret it. The original Harold was on layers of different textiles and papers, hence the layered look at the top. I decided to stitch over the lines in either blanket-stitch or a simple running stitch. I didn’t do any extra, it was just enough to add a bit of interest and texture.
The fore ground was more complicated to work out. I wanted to stitch enough to ground him, without taking over. I started off by using a single thread of DMC variegated floss to stitch the long grasses. I ignored the think grasses in the picture, but you can just about see the finer lines which I stitched over with stem-stitch.
I then used two stands of floss to stitch some shorter grasses with a row of french knots for their seedheads.
I changed to a different variegated thread which has some rich purples and greens, I stitched some french knots around his feet and body, it just added a bit of colour.
It still didn’t look quite enough, I remembered Helen Bellingham of the Stitchbook Collective saying how fly stitch is a great filler, so that’s what I used. It was just enough to fill in the gaps without taking over.
I always find it difficult to know when to stop with this sort of thing, but I decided I was happy with it. It was simple enough not to look unbalanced with the top half of the embroidery, whilst doing it’s job in grounding Harry.
The final bit to stitch was his whiskers, I used a single strand of an off-white.
I’m really pleased with Harry, he was definitely out of my comfort zone when I started the random stitching for his fur, but I got there. I’ve enjoyed stitching him and learnt a lot about texture. It was about a year ago that I attended the workshop by Anne Brooke of Hanne-made over at Fabbadashery in Halifax, (She has a kit if anyone fancies stitching their own Harold). She started us off on the different sections over the day, then we just had to go home and finish it!! I haven’t quite decided how to frame him yet, whether to send him off to be framed under glass (bearing in mind I’m running out of wall space!) or whether to use an embroidery hoop to frame him.
This SAL is organised by Avis, we all share our progress every three weeks, please follow the links to see lots of stitching inspiration;
Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Mary Margaret, Renee, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie, AJ, Jenny, Laura, Cathie, Linda, Sherrie, Helen
I’ll also be linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday