Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday - 22 October 2014

OK, so I was MIA for more than a week, but you had plenty of interesting blogs to read to mind too much, right?=)

I have got *some* stitching done, only not as much as I'd hoped.  I blame the feverish cold that decided to take over my body last week and is still leaving behind a legacy of sticky sludge!  Mercifully, I haven't developed a cough, unlike poor Sir, who sounds terrible hacking away...=(

Here are the shots of the four days' work I did on the pretty Paradise Island piece.  The first one was to complete the first three flower centres and outline the final flower.

Next you can see that I finished that flower and worked some more of the water.

The next day saw me adding in the first bits of the greenery in the shape of the flower stems and some more water.

The last day's work was ... more water!!

Finally, here is the piece as it appears in full just now:

Hmm, probably should have reduced the brightness further on these last two shots, but I'm still learning, really!  One kind reader suggested I post a tutorial on photographing this kind of project and flattered my vanity very much.  However, I'm really not sure I would have the know-how.  Still, a general 'photographing embroidery' article might be a goer.  What do you think?  Interested?  Any suggestions to make?

So, some visible progress and I'm back on to the duller bit now, that of building up more water.  Having said that, apart from the sea parts and the other set of flowers, the rest is mostly greenery, so I plan to split it down into parts so that I don't end up with endless green to work towards the end.

Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2014


Renee said...

This is prettier every time you share it! I do hope you are both feeling better soon!

sharonb said...

i understand your frustration as photographing dark fabrics is hard - but your stitching is looking good!
I was thinking of you the other day as it was about this time last year we chatted in a very noisy cafe!

Queeniepatch said...

You have made good progress considering your medical condition. Make sure you do take some rest, too, and best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Annette-California said...

Great progress! It's looking so pretty.
Any tips on photographing embroidery would be wonderful and welcomed!!!
Hope you are feeling well soon.
love Annette

Rachel said...

Looking more and more vibrant and tropical!

jackiescrafts said...

Your project is looking great.
I hope your cold is soon better, I have one too just now and its really sapping my energy

Take care
Jackie x

Bits of Stitching! said...

It's coming along beautifully! Hopping the nasty cold remnants leave alone you soon :-)!

Wendy said...

It's coming along nicely! Feel free to use my technique of photographing embroidery (or anything): smooth it with your hands so it doesn't look like it's been screwed up in a ball. Take a picture as quickly as possible. Turn off the camera and consider it job done! No requests for photography tutorials are likely to come my way!

Anonymous said...

your project looks lovely. writing about photographing embroidery is a great idea.

Pamela said...

Nice progress! Hope you are soon feeling good as new.