Thursday, 12 January 2012

Yay! Completed needle painted dogroses

It took something to get me to get on with the side elevation rose on the back of this project (by which I mean it will be on the back of the manicure set, not that it's on the reverse of the main embroidery!!), and there have been a few false starts, but it's finally done.

I got stuck at this point pictured <- here for a while as I just could NOT get the last petal to look decent!  I tried it twice and pulled it out in exasperation.  You would have expected it to be the easiest, being more or less flat, but it was a real challenge to get a flat petal with no real colour change to look even passable!  In the end, I just did it - not exactly 'third time lucky' as I'm still far from content with it, and it'll have to do.

It got to this point and then I realised that the centre and the stamens really weren't the right shade of green and certainly didn't match the corresponding section on the front.  This second shade was much bluer than the very yellowey, browny green of the full flower centre and, as it was supposed to be all the same flower and  a matched set, I fished out the original colour and re-worked it in that.  This-> is the finished back of the piece.

Then it was on to the spider's web.  This was a bit challenging as there is a slight give in the fabric and, if I had it taut in a hoop, then when it was released, the long stitches in the web would certainly sag.  So, I put it in a snap frame and have it held firm, but not tight, then caught in the slack on the reverse for anything that hung a bit.  It looked at first like it went a little too far the other way now and seemed a bit too tight, but it ironed out just perfectly.  It's not needed for months yet, but I'm not keen to re-do parts - I have other projects planned!

The gauge of the Kreinik Cord can easily be seen here.  It's rather fine, isn't it?  I think it works perfectly here.  I didn't have the prescribed Madeira thread and hadn't access to any - and I didn't want to spend money on any more stuff when I surely had something perfectly adequate in my ridiculously large stash!!  So, it was good to finally have something to use the Kreiniks on as I stocked up on a goodly number of those a few years ago in about two thirds of the shades they do.  Time to try and use them more, methinks!

So, drum roll please - here's the finished thing:


Hope you've enjoyed the WIP discussion and like the finished embroidery and also that I can produce one or two in the months to come.=)

© Elizabeth Braun 2012

16 comments:

Veronica said...

It's beautiful, Elizabeth. You've done a great job. I especially love the spiderweb. So delicate.

Hugs,
Veronica.

Mandie said...

Beautiful!

coral-seas said...

I certainly have enjoyed watching this progress and am impressed by the finished article. It is beautiful.

As you know, I have been trying to get to grips with long and short stitch this year, so I can appreciate the difficulty of making a nearly flat petal look realistic.

I think the spinders web is wonderful. The Kreinik Cord worked really well there.

Роза said...

it is lovely!

Wendy said...

Wow, it's stunning. I think it looks fabulous

Flora said...

Wow lovely! I love the colors and your stitching. Perfect!!!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

This piece is lovely and so beautifully stitched. I find spiderwebs are more easily said than done and yours is perfection. Thanks for sharing your process and progress.

Maggi said...

A beautiful piece of work

Cynthia Gilbreth said...

Beautiful! Your needlepainting is really lovely. The design is nice and simple, and the spiderweb adds a lot of interest. It looks like it's morning with the dew on it.

markkfinn said...

It looked at first like it went a tiny far the other way now and appeared a bit tight, but it ironed out perfectly

Rachel said...

Well done, indeed - it looks lovely!

Debra Spincic said...

So pretty and delicate!

Bunny said...

Your work is spectacular.

Ati. said...

Elizabeth I am totally in love with your work!! Wish you was my neighbour and could teach me! :-)

Bluebell Woods said...

How wonderful these pieces are they are so imaginative, original and quite lovely. Thank you also for showing how its done. I am not sure I could aspire to trying this but I wish I could,
would you mind if I show some friends on Eons (social network) your work? I will not do so if you object.
Janice

alarttex said...

Well done!!!
I Like so much!!
Besitos :))

 
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