Some parts I'm happy with, some not so good, but I'm hoping that they'll look much better once things like sepals and stems appear.
Last night was the rehearsal, so I cobbled up a quick dummy cushion so that it could be used. Here you can see my trialling two of my own rings on the mock up to test the padding. What I've done is to cut, in effect, three squares of lightweight quilt batting and cut holes in the centre of two of them so that there's a distinct dip where the rings can lay safely. A few people at the rehearsal actually thought this was the real thing and was really nice!!!=) I was just thinking the other day how very easy many people are to impress....
Here's the dummy run of the 'rings bit'. Marion (the bride) kindly agreed to let me trial the real rings to give the padding a thorough test, although this fabric is smoother than the real thing will be with embroidery standing proud and natural slubs in the silk. As you can see, the best man is bringing the rings over.
The couple's rings are white gold, so silver coloured, so I rejected bright, yellow golds at once and left silver and the two soft golds out to choose from later on.
I also thought a few of these tiny beads would look nice around the finished design to add some sparkle. They're the iridescent ones on a more or less clear 'base', (as opposed to a white basis) and look rather pretty.
So, still plenty to do, but the stitchery is progressing quite well and ideas are still flowing for making improvements. More next weekend!
Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2014