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28 March 2008

Next NeedlePainting Project

Before I start on my Sampler - which will takes a few months to accumulate supplies for (Gylte Silk Twist, here I come!) - I have the other needlepainting project to do for my other friend, once I've finished the iris.

I was going to do the Poppy from Trish Burr's Long and Short Stitch, but there are 20 crewel wools required. (It's the only project in the book that I've seen that uses crewel wool)

After a discussion of cost with Kit (the recipient) we decided either to choose a different one, or to go halvies in the wool cost.

I showed her the Trish Burr Redoute book via Webcam, since she'd seen all the Long and Short projects by getting the book out of her library.

Mary C did a review of the Redoute book at
I get a mention there coz I was kind of having a bit of a wibble about the book to Mary at the time -

Kit chose, from Redoute

It's a big project, but it's also a simple one. It's multiple variations on the basic exercise in doing a rounded petal shape, over and over again.

We're going to change the top left flower's colours to reds and blues, coz Kit doesn't like yellow.

It's interesting - the Redoute book only uses about 20 different coloured threads per project, whereas Long and Short uses upwards of 26.

Redoute also doesn't have a diagram of stitch directions in it, but L&S does. (Redoute was the first book, I think).

In terms of difficulty of projects between the two books, I originally assumed that the Redoute's would be harder - because the book is based on the paintings of the artist, I guess. I wouldn't say now that they are. There are the most simple projects in L&S (eg a pansy) but in general, both books contain simple and harder projects.

Certainly the Poppies will be easier technically to do than the Rust Red Iris - there is nowhere near the requirement for creating optical illusion. - remembering all those bugs at the base, and now the convolutions in the petals of the iris.

It's a pity I don't have silks to do the poppies in because the large petal surface areas, with a simple blending of 3 colours on each petal, would lend themselves to the shininess of silk to really bring them up (whereas the Iris is fine in DMC because there is so much detail). Oh well. No worries. :-)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have this book - i love to browse through ti but have yet to start a project. ps. I drew your name out of the hat......

Saturday, March 29, 2008  
Blogger Elmsley Rose said...

YAY! Thankyou

Saturday, March 29, 2008  
Blogger MargB said...

I am intrigued. Every time you do something new you send me to my L&S book . I happen to have the Redoute book out of the library and this picture of her embroidery gives DMC stranded cottons.( It is a 2002 ed.) so I am wondering where the wool yarn listing appeared. This is one of my favourites also - difficult to pick the one I like best - I am still collecting thread and thinking about starting something.

Saturday, March 29, 2008  
Blogger Elmsley Rose said...

There's a single poppy, with a bud - that appears near the end of the L&S book.
*That's* the one with the wools (and the only one with the wools I've seen in the books).

So that's why she's picked this different one - a bunch of anenomes - that is all in DMC.

Saturday, March 29, 2008  
Blogger MargB said...

Yes - the riddle is solved. I didn't look at that one, just the pavot in Redoute which is in cotton. I wonder why TB used wool AND stranded cotton in the poppies? However the anemones are very pretty!

Saturday, March 29, 2008  
Blogger Elmsley Rose said...

I've been wondering that too.

I could have substituted DMC thread for the wool, but because I don't know why she used the wool (simply aesthetics? Would the sizing of the design change?) I was a bit reluctant to make that decision.

Sunday, March 30, 2008  
Blogger Elmsley Rose said...

Marg - you were going to do the camillia weren't you? I'd love to see it done (I'd love to do it myself, for myself)

Sunday, March 30, 2008  
Blogger MargB said...

Yes she does talk about different sizing for different yarns.
No it was the magnolia for which I have been collecting thread - however I feel I should try something simpler for starters. I thought that the anemone in L&S at the beginning might be where to start - maybe this month if I can do TIF quickly.

Monday, March 31, 2008  
Blogger Elmsley Rose said...

I always get camillias and magnolias mixed up!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008  

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