Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday - 9 April 2014


Anyone remember that I said I was going to complete all the cotton cross stitch before moving on to the rayon etc?  Well, I was going to, and that's what the pattern instructed, but I just ended up finding working the shawl around areas to be stitched later was leading to far too many mistakes being made and so I decided to work the green sleeve sections first then finish the shawl.  Of course, once I'd decided to do the green, then I decided I'd start by completing those rows on the skirt instead so, here you have what I got done over the past couple of days.

I have to say it, Anchor Marlitt is beastly stuff to work with!  It's incredibly springy and is forever slip-sliding against itself in the needle and every few stitches see me having to re-align the threads in the needle as one has slipped and is then longer than the other and doesn't pull through fully.  Add to that the thread having a mind of its own when it comes to how it lays on the fabric as well and you've got hard work for relatively messy, uneven stitches.  That wouldn't trouble me greatly normally, but this is a competition piece, so I wanted it to be as near to perfect as I could make it.

Having said that, the thread shines wonderfully and I took this photo with the light falling on the stitches so that you can see the difference in sheen between Marlitt and the regular Anchor stranded cottons used so far.  I think Marlitt is much like metallic threads in that they're all a real pain to work with, but they look great in the piece.


Here's the full piece at the moment.  It's a little behind the published schedule at the mo, but as the schedule was leading to completion almost 3 months ahead of the show date, I'm not worried about it as yet.  There is a lot to stitch at the mo, what with wedding things etc to do, and I haven't had much oomph to get on with it of late, but it seems to be coming slowly back.=)

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Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2014

11 comments:

Von said...

This is going to be amazing! Rayon gloss is difficult, but the shine is unparalleled. :)

Von said...

Darn autocorrect! That should be floss, of course.
:)

jackiescrafts said...

Hi Elizabeth this is looking wonderful I love the shine the rayon gives. I've no update this week as we my Mum is visiting so not got any stitching done. I normally would have done some stitching but as the completed project is a gift for my Mum for Christmas I can't do it while she is here

Jackie x

Queeniepatch said...

Oh, this is coming along nicely, Elizabeth! No more Swiss cheese,LOL.
I now about frustrating threads, but one sometimes needs to endure the hardship to get the right result. Keep up the good work.

carorose said...

You are so brave using that rayon thread the results are great. I would have had a million melt downs.

Pamela said...

Beautiful! I've been working with rayon threads lately and I know just what you are talking about - difficult to work with but so pretty!

Glenis Pickering said...

How well I remember working with Marlitt. It must be ... 10 years ago or more? I still have the scars :-) and the remains of the skeins are labelled "Never again"!
The Lady's looking good though!

Renee said...

She is looking fantastic! The shine really does add to the piece.

I have a few flosses that sound like your Marlitt. They do look pretty once the battle of the threads is won, so sometimes I just cannot resist. (I still grumble at myself during the process though!)

Wendy said...

I can't believe how much movement the skirt has, I really thought your fabric was folded when I first looked!

Jules Woolford said...

I'm not a fan of rayon, but you've done a fab job with this. Hope you're feeling better now.x

Rachel said...

I entirely agree about the Marlitt. I've found that it calms down if you dampen it and let it dry, then stitch with it. It takes out the spring - but also some of the shine, so there's a trade-off there...

 
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