Welcome to part two of the wedding dress panel series. Today we're looking at the creation of the basic satin stitched flower and leaf motifs. I had a couple of kind comments on the stitchery from the last post, but I only showed photos of the embroidery and embellishments on the dress proper, i.e. not my work at all. Sorry for any confusion there, it seems I wasn't sufficiently clear. From now on, all the work is mine!
To be honest, a lot of them were not worked terribly well, especially not the smaller flowers, which weren't that easy to create. However, I wasn't too worried about that as I knew the dodgy parts would be covered by outlining and beads, so I could get away with working a few flowers before finding the best method. Above you can see all the small motifs done - a first milestone, then below a detail shot of one part once the first of that medium flowers was complete.
The next part of the drama was to source a supplier who didn't charge the earth for shipping and would do so quickly, so not Barnyarns this time, but Silken Strands - a small, family business based in Wales. Highly recommended for speed of service and reasonable postage costs. I confess to having enjoyed 24 hours off the project to catch up with some other tasks whilst the threads arrived ☺
Drama stage three was receiving the threads (I bought two packs to be sure of having enough!) and finding that they were a whole shade lighter than the original one I'd had a few years! Possibly it had darkened in storage. Anyway, Janet and I agreed that, in view of the timing, it was more important to carry straight on and hope it wouldn't show later on than to try and source another shade. Those of you who are, like me, very sensitive to nuances of colour (and have good screen resolution) may be able to see where one shade ends and the second began. It was clearer in real life and screamed almost painfully at me....
You can see the colour difference again here in this close up, but it fades into less significance when the whole lot of the silk work is done. To be honest, that colour change was the only real disappointment to me in this project.
That's it for this time. Next time I'll be taking you on a tour of the silver work parts.
Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2017