Thursday, 12 December 2013

Work in Progress Post - 12 Dec 2013

This months stitching goals are (complete with last week's status and then the current one):

* Finish the L*K 'Autumn' piece  - About 85% complete and must be done this week.  This one's done, but I'm not really sure about the colour of the lettering.  Up close it looks OK, but wishy washy from a distance.  Actually, I think the real problem is my short sight and that the letters don't stand out as much when I can't see them so clearly.  I'm interested in what you think and what other colours you think might work in this piece.  The outermost border shade is actually a nice green, but it's really hard getting the photos to be 'genuine' in this piece and, if I edit it to make the background look nice and blue, then I lose the greens, it appears!  Anyway, yes, genuine opinions wanted please.  I've kept a copy of the lettering part of the chart in case it's needed!!

* Finish the peacock feather - Hoping to complete the left hand side before next Wednesday's update.  I didn't get the whole of the left hand side done, but I worked on it for a total of about an hour and a half and have made some good progress amountwise, but qualitywise is another matter.  I think I'm making a complete hash of this....

 

* Finish the red alpine rose tiny needle painting - Just the stem done so far.  No change as yet, but this is the one I want to get on with and hope to put some work in on before my next update.
* Re-work the DMC ladybird stumpwork design - I tried to find both the fabric I'd planned to use for it and the tracing I'd kept, but I appear to have put them somewhere safe.  FATAL!  So, I'll have to use a photo of the previous one and Photoshop it to produce an outline of the correct size.  Probably will be a bit fiddly to do, but should work OK.  Of course, as soon as it's all stitched, you know what the first thing I'll find is, don't you? 
* Mount and display all five DMC stumpwork pieces. - Naturally, I can't do this until the pieces are all finished, so this will come after the ladybird is re-done.

Good to see a few sign up for the Needlequest challenge.  Hope to see a few more in the course of time and I've already drafted the monthly intro posts for January and February.=)

Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2013

9 comments:

Jane S. said...

You could always do an outline or a partial outline of the letters -- maybe in the medium or medium-dark orange. That would help it stand out without being overwhelming. That way you wouldn't have to take out any of the stitching you've already done, just do a bit of back-stitching and there you go. :)

zenuwpees said...

Les deux broderies sont tres belle bravo bonne journee Marie-Claire

Elizabeth Braun said...

Thanks Jane. I'd thought of that too, but none of the other three are outlined, so it might create a mismatch. I think I need to lay all four out together and see how it really looks in situ.

Rachel said...

Do a partial drop-shadow of backstitch in either the darkest orange or a mid-shade of green...

Queeniepatch said...

My first idea was, like Jane S suggested, to outline the letters to make them stand out more. If you won't do that, you COULD pick the stitches and work them in a darker shade. Personally I wouldn't as I think they are OK as they are.
The peacock feather is getting more and more realistic and will be a stunning piece when completed.
Keep up the good work!

moongirl said...

I think your Autumn piece looks lovely and I really like the style of words. And you peacock feather - my goodness! You make me want to start needlework!

Rachel Cotterill said...

I really like the lettering as is, though it is quite subtle... without seeing the others alongside it's hard to judge how well that fits!

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas (with lots of time for stitching?) :)

Nicole Follow the White Bunny said...

Such lovely projects, good luck with the Finish-Along! :)

Patricia Dolton said...

I think the cross-stitch is lovely. Others have made viable suggestions. I, personally, wouldn't pull out the stitches unless I was 100% sure I hated it. Putting them with the other seasons may make it appear less blah.

 
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