Sunday, 13 February 2011

Flowers are finally done!

Hurrah! The floral part is finally done. I did make a start on the mayfly, but it was a lot harder than it looked and, after having pulled it back out twice, I decided to move on to the fish next and come back to the fly later on!! All in all, it seems to be coming on quite well, although I still feel that much of it isn't worked well and I can quite see how inexperienced I am at getting the line of the stitches right. I do a lot of comparing angles to those in the original in order to get them something like satisfactory, but I fear I couldn't do it cold. It'd be a long time before I'd have enough skill to come up with something like this myself. Anyway, I'm not really planning to at the mo, so it doesn't matter. I don't mind working others' designs most of the time. Actually, it's a great deal less stressful and I can always adapt things more to my liking if need be. The stumpwork piece is going to be hard - especially getting all the shading in the leaves right.

Below is the current state of things on the narrowboat cross stitch. I've put the whole working frame in this time so that you can see it more in context, i.e. how much more there is to go. At this speed, it really will be a long time before this is complete. In fact, I seem to stitch at speed of snail these days!!

Next update will probably be next Sunday afternoon as has become a pattern lately. I don't get much done each week really, so it seems like once a week is about right just now.


Estrella said...

So beautiful both works, I love it. Hugs, Estrella

Sheilasembroidery said...

Love the flowers they look good to me.

Rachel said...

You might want to consider putting a few guidelines into some of the shapes to help you get the angles right. I still do that!

Jules Woolford said...

Well I think you've done a briliant job on the flowers, I really like this piece, the stitching looks gorgeous against the blue background.
I'm in awe over the narrowboat, one portion of those trees would have me throwing a tantrum...

I did enjoy seeing your thread stash - my store is tiny in comparison, I feel supply envy coming on!

Anonymous said...

Your work is progressing well. I look forward to seeing your work as you get time to post pics. I must say that I have been putting the stitching first and blogging second for a change LOL. I get so much more done.

Karen Lawson said...

I followed your link after you posted on Mary Corbet's Needle n Thread site.

I have enjoyed looking through your site. Beautiful work!

Can you tell me more about the beautiful dogwood blossom piece on the right end of your banner?

Dogwood blossoms were a favorite of my late Mama's and I am always on the look out for new patterns and kits featuring them.

I read with interest your mentioning that you have CFS/ME. I have Fibromyalgia and although the pain is being managed to a tolerable level, my fatigue is what is holding me back from a fully active life.

Blessings on you and yours,
Karen Lawson