These three week cycles of the SAL seem to fly by, I’m stitching the Jacquie needlecase by Faby Reilly, she’s releasing a new section every two weeks, last time I had just finished stitching the organza wing for the dragon fly…
We’re now working on the final section, another piece of stumpwork for those of us who wish to try it. Firstly however there was the basis of cross-stitch and french knots. It did make me smile a bit as whereas the first dragonfly reminded me of a jelly baby, this one looked like a little green (blueish) man from Mars!!!
He’s surrounded by a haze of dragonflies. The french knots weren’t easy to place, Faby recommended gridding the area to help with accurate placement, of course I didn’t so some were a little out, I think I would have found it easier to stitch after the ‘Art Nouveau’ lines were stitched.
There’s quite a lot of stitching on this next section, so Faby has kindly given us four weeks to complete this bit.
The stems are stitched with whipped back-stitch, the eye’s of the dragonfly are padded satin stitch over the cross-stitch base and the tail of the dragonfly is a long detached picot stitch. Practise definitely makes perfect with this stitch, now I’ve got the hang of keeping the long warp threads taut and using my needle to get the weft threads to lie neatly, it’s my best one so far!
‘All’ I’ve got to do now is make two sets of wings on the organza again. I’m going to edge it with buttonhole stitch with just one strand of thread (as per instructions!) this time and if it looks 100% better I might even make another for the earlier dragonfly.
One tip I’ve just learnt from Faby is that when you are struggling to thread a needle, try turning the needle over, needles are made by punching the eye out, so one side is usually smoother than the other, a bit like when you punch a hole in paper. So far it’s worked at least 95% of the time for me!
This SAL is organised by Avis of Sewing by the Sea, we post every three weeks our progress on our individual chosen project, it does help enormously to motivate you on a long project. Please follow the links to see everyone else’s progress…