Tuesday, 12 February 2008

Another quickie

Started stitching a 'goldwork' damselfly that I've been wanting to do for years - since I first saw <-this picture of the project in the Anchor Beginners' Guide to Freestyle Embroidery book. As you can see from my WIP photo, I've cut the design down to half as, pretty as it is, all the couching is a little dull and it's easier to use as a small design (can be mounted in a card no probs) than a larger one, which might need framing. £$£$£$£$£!! I've also made some colour changes. The book says that the fabric is deep blue silk, but this photo looks more like it's purple to me (if you saw the book proper, it's even more 'red' there!) so I fished out a very vibrant royal blue colour silk to work on, backed with dark Vilene, as ever! I also change the colours of the threads for the bodies from the blue and green cotton in the book to 2 shades of turquoise with black for the eyes of Anchor Marlitt (rayon) to increase the glimmer effect of the whole thing. Here it is so far and, if you look carefully, you can see the outline of the wings. I did this bit in about an hour and a half last night.

Oh, how I am enjoying quick projects at the mo, but after this, I must get that cushion/pillow cover made up for baby sis and then get back on with the bluetits cross stitch. I think that the latter is, frankly, boring me!! Still, I can do a bit on that and a bit on something else, no? Kind of a rotation. Do a few pieces of thread on the bluetits, then move on to something more interesting.


Doris said...

I always alternate between a big and a small work, I do not know why, but when I dedicate exclusively to a big work i get bored and leave it aside.

Chiasmata said...

Beauitful! I love dragonflies. :) You must have the luckiest friends and family to receive such beautiful cards.

Sandra said...

Your Damselfly is looking lovely already, we have them flying over our pond and they are so delicate. I love the ribbon arch as well, very pretty.

LovetoStitch99 said...

Love those dragonflies.

I am just like you, I need to work on smaller projects in between bigger ones which seem to take forever.

Now working on a little butterfly using the needle painting technique. I just love that technique but have really not done much of it so far, so that will be a little practice piece and should go quickly, then back to some bigger pieces that are waiting for me to work on and finish one of these days.

Pierrette =^..^=