Thursday, 30 August 2007

Done - TA-DA!

Here's the finished piece:

The waterlily has been adapted slightly from one in Helen M Stevens' 'Embroidered Flowers' p72. That one was all flat work and the flower was white (except the yellow stamens, of course). This one has been done in two shades of pink with the nearer petals being raised slightly - stiched over felt. The water is done in Madiera stranded silk, which is much thicker than the Pipers Silk the flower and leaf are worked in. Wished I'd used only one strand of Madiera as I feel it's a bit too prominent for its role, although you can't see that here, of course.

This is a close-up of the stumpwork damselfly from the side:

Here's the whole piece again, mounted in the frame (by me, for a wonder! Yes, laced properly on the cardboard and so on), and in the postbox I specially covered with fancy wrapping paper!!!

Will give it to the happy couple tomorrow and hope that they like it.=) Have bought a card this time as I really didn't want to be fussed making one.

Oh, I got a lovely new dress and jacket for the wedding today. It was either that or wear one of my old, old-fashioned ones - again! They were most of them 2nd hand when I bought them too, so it'll be nice to have something swish to wear for a change. The groom's sisters were telling me how pretty my old dresses are and encouraging me to wear one of them, but I can't help thinking that, if a friend deserves so much time and trouble as to make him the above, then he deserves that I should get a decent outfit for his wedding!


Chiasmata said...

Wow, what a beautiful finish! It will make a stunning gift. I hope you have a good time at the wedding.

Dianne said...

This is gorgeous! I'm sure the couple will love and cherish it.

crazyQstitcher said...

Your stitches ae so wonderfully neat and the overall embroidery perfect. I love the colours, and dragonfly. What a gift to receive. Lucky couple.

ollie1976 said...

beautiful work!

Nic said...

That is gorgeous! I would get married if I could have a present like that! LOL

PS Followed the link from your message on my webshots to your webshots, and hence to your blog ... I have one too, do drop by! Nic

Von said...

Very impressive, beautiful work!! Your friends are very lucky to receive a gift so carefully wrought. :)

Tannia said...

What a gorgeous gift :)

You seem to work so fast.....which I am sure bleies the intracacy!

Elmsley Rose said...

Way better than my dragonfly turned out!

Anonymous said...

It's very beautiful. I like a lot of stumpwork but I don't know make it.
Excuse me for my english but it's not my mother language.