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Rust Red Iris- Top Petal

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10 March 2008

Rust Red Iris- Top Petal


This is the top petal about as I'm doing it - since some of it has been cut off at the bottom by my design of the hood, I'll be doing from above the line :-


Here's the petal, outlined in thread and all marked up with stitch direction, and approximate divisions for the colours :-

Trish Burr said to start from the top outer edge and go down, but I thought I'd do 'light before dark'. I was worried that I'd run out of space for all 5 colours required, in spite of my planning.

And it hasn't worked. The 'tower' of lightest colour going up through the middle of the petal isn't high enough and is the wrong shape - too squat. The stitch direction along the bottom isn't right. The stitches curve as they go up the petal, and I just don't know what I'm doing at the bottom there.

So I'm going to take the scissors to this, and start again, this time from the top edge (listening to the designer!). It might work from bottom up and I just stuffed it up, or it may be that this particular shape only works when stitched one way. I don't know. I'm looking forward to seeing a petal in all it's shading tho :-)

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Dragonsally said...

*sigh*
taking the scissors to all that work

Tuesday, March 11, 2008  
Blogger Elmsley Rose said...

It was only about an hour's work. (including the puzzling over the stitch direction). It's only that little bit of white and pink.

When you consider that the hood took 6 or more hours, tis nothing :-)

Tuesday, March 11, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Elmsley Rose Came across your Iris and wanted to say I think you have done a great job and the embroidery is looking stunning. You mentioned having difficulty with the joins/change of colour there are two ways of overcoming this:

1. when working on a curve shorten your stitches and work more than one row of the same colour to get round the curve.
2. Stagger the stitches at the change of colour dramatically to get a good blend of shades.
Hope this helps and keep up the good work. Trish Burr

Thursday, August 02, 2012  

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