Monday, 12 May 2014

Needlequest Update - 12 May 2014

How are you getting on with your blackwork project(s)?  I've been doing a little more and am quite pleased with progress thus far.

The first photo shows the backs of the small pieces I did during the first few days of the month.  You might remember that the very first samples were the three leaves on the far left which were a go at each of the three outlining stitches.  The top one was done with a combination of running and back stitch, the second in holbein, or double running stitch producing a reversible effect, and the third one was back stitch.

Moving onto the flower design.  I worked the outline in holbein stitch, then trialled both methods of filling by doing the petals working all the stitches in one direction at once, and the leaves by working adjacent stitches together without regard for direction.  The effects on the back are quite different, aren't they?

This next sample is shown here quite a lot 'larger than life' as the real thing is less than a 2 inch/5cm square!  This was also worked one row/direction at a time for the black parts, with the gold being added one diamond at a time.

This third photo shows what it looks like on the back, with a regular grid having been created.

That's as far as I've got over the last week, but I've learned quite a bit so far.

What about you?

Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2014


Pamela said...

I've begun working on the blackwork alphabet sampler. I'm using blue thread for the letters and kreinik braid #4 in colors for the blackwork designs. So far so good. I'll have more to show next week.

Julie Jordan Scott said...

I'm popping over from Creative Every Day and as usual I am struck by the intricate work you do - so lovely and so connected. Oh, the patience. Maybe this Summer I'll try again. I think now - rather than when I was younger - I could handle the attention to detail that is inherent in needlework.


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Rachel said...

You are learning a lot, and making sure it sticks by analysing it as you go - well done!

Queeniepatch said...

Looking good!

Wendy said...

looking good! I like the geometric pattern with the gold. I hope to see more from you soon! I do intend to get started on this and post about it soon...

Anonymous said...

All your designs look good.

zenuwpees said...

Blackwork est super bonne broderie Marie-Claire