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8 May 2008


-------------------- Shapes
Looking at the original design, at the bunch of leaves in the middle (the bunch I'm currently working on) :

the larger leaves were added by the designer on the right to balance the flowers on the left/top. See them hanging out there to 'take the weight'? Otherwise the flowers would look like they are going to tip over, or there was a big bare spot where something should be.

In the original design those 'balancing' leaves are really funny shapes (that hook thing with a mouth, and those two claws behind it). Personally, I don't get the zen of them being leaves.
(Maybe I need to go look at a leafy bunch of poppies)

Meanwhile, I just can't embroider shapes I don't understand. They won't come out looking right either, because I don't understand them.

So I changed those leaves to more of the multi-pointed ones. But I hadn't done them big enough, and needed to make them a big bigger, which I've just done.

And the leaves on the left weren't big enough either, so I did a bit of re-outlining there as well. I've done a bit of leaf re-design. The drawings in the book were pretty casual. The main thing was to get them coming together in the middle in that sort of 'arched' shape.

----------------------- Colours
With the two designs together, the difference can be seen between the original olive green scheme for the leaves, and my emerald green scheme. We're going for opulent, dark and romantic, rather than the lighter blue and pink flowers in the original.

Kit and I got out our thread cards over the phone the other day and picked :-

814-816 in darkest maroon to a mid maroon, (2 flowers)
550-552 for darkest purple up to a dark lilac (1 flower - the one behind the big red one)
719-793 in dark royal blue up to a mid blue

The blue ones I'll be doing will be much darker than the ones in the original design - the original ones have a lot of creamy blue in them.

The behind of the flower at the top left will be a rust orange 919. It will be a second red flower rather than have a pink and yellow bottom. We don't like pink and yellow very much. Luckily having a second red flower there balances colour-wise as well. If the big red one was right next to it, it wouldn't look right - but the colours will still be spread out nicely across the bunch.

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Blogger Dragonsally said...

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Thursday, May 08, 2008  
Blogger MargB said...

Thankyou for your explanation of the leaves and what you have done about them - I currently have the actual Redoute Liliaceae book out of the library at the moment and it is very interesting to see how Trish Burr has changed some of the stems and leaves. I am very interested as if I can manage to do a couple of her flowers then I might be able to do a flower of my own from scratch. The book is amazing - I have the other one on order also from the library. I have my rose on the frame and will start when I finish my parterre.

Monday, May 12, 2008  
Blogger Elmsley Rose said...

That's a good idea!
Getting out the original Redoute pictures!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008  
Blogger Machteld said...

Oh wow, this is so gorgeous! I'd love to give this a try one day, but it looks so difficult too :-)

Tuesday, May 20, 2008  
Blogger Elmsley Rose said...

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008  
Blogger Elmsley Rose said...


It's really not as difficult as it looks - particularily this project as it's pretty classical 'long and short' stitch.

Go on! Give it a go! I only started doing it at the beginning of this year!

This balance stuff is just me fussing around.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008  
Anonymous Maria del Valle said...

Wonderful work!!
Thank you very much for your explanation! Also I love so much to do this class of embroidery.
Congratulations to you!

Maria del Valle

Saturday, May 24, 2008  
Blogger Elmsley Rose said...

Thankyou Maria :-)

Saturday, May 24, 2008  

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