YAY! Some embroidery progress to post! YAY!=)
First up is the sampler on which I've made a bit of discernible progress. In the first photo you can see the spider web roses, the cream beads (instead of palestrina knots, which I can't seem to get to look decent and so refused to fight any further with), the three 'boxes' for more cutwork and the start of the next row.
This second shot shows where the project is right now with a row of double pekinese stitch and one of feather stitch also completed.
Another change that I certainly will make is the large square cutwork section in the lower part of the design. You can see here in the left hand photo that the cream one is done like a gate with garden showing through, whereas the lilac (and green) one on the right is just done as a piece of fancy work. I must say that I prefer the more realistic one and am almost certainly going to do that version instead. 99.9% certain, I would say. The flowers you can see through it are worked on a separate piece of linen, then attached to the back of satin stitches and the whole thing seems to fit better to me. What do you say?
I haven't done much more on the other two projects yet, but those of you with good memories may recall that I wasn't pleased with the shading - the darkest colour wasn't dark enough as I'd picked the wrong one. So, I took that colour out and here's bun, ready to have the dark patches on his jaw and around his eye restitched, bless him!
What have you been working on this week??
Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2012