Monday, 9 April 2012

Sampler is WIP!

I've made a good start on the 'Sunshine and Flowers' Cross'N'Patch sampler design and I'm really enjoying it so far.  For some reason I didn't expect to.  Unusually for me, I started at the very top of the design, rather than in the centre - even Sir noticed that!  However, the working frame is so big that it was just plain easier to start at the top and I'm a bit wary of how I'm going to manage the central sections.  Besides, hardanger satin stitch is a nice and easy way to get into the design.=)

Here's my progress so far, shown in (roughly) hour long stitching sessions:

I can't believe how little I got done that first hour, but I know it was that long from the TV documentary on China I was watching on the Channel 4 iPlayer!!  It's very possible that I stitched very slowly as I was quite absorbed in that - reviewing much of the area studies modules I did in my Modern Chinese Studies degree!!  It made me want to get out the history books again, and so I will soon....

Anyway, Chinese history and society aside, not only did I only stitch three elements that first session, but I also got the cream 'tulip' bit wrong and had to re-do it in the second session!  I have two more of those to add now and they're all to have bullion knot stamens, so I need to have a quick practice on that one.  Wonder if TAST this week might be bullions??=)  Would that be good timing, or what?

Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2012


Rachel Cotterill said...

So pretty! I really enjoyed doing the hardanger kit I bought whenever-it-was, I'd quite like to do more but wouldn't know what to do with the finished items. What do you do with all yours...?

geeky Heather said...

Beautiful!! I know with stitching Kloster blocks, I usually get more done "later" because there is less counting...I just need to make things line up with what's already been stitched. But absorbing TV can take a toll as well! =)

Rachel said...

It might seem slow progress, but anything where you're going to cut threads repays slow, careful work!

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Elizabeth, this is so beautiful already! I can't wait to see the completed piece. I really need to try this type of embroidery one day.

History was one of my weakest subjects (way back in school). I admire anyone strong in the subject, especially Chinese history. I do find it more interesting now however.

Wendy said...

This is beautiful! I love the cream flowers.