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Historical Sampler – Another Borage

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7 September 2008

Historical Sampler – Another Borage

I’ve done another borage in detached buttonhole stitch, in a single strand of Royal Blue DMC thread.

I used the Royal Blue because this is the colour I used in the veins of the gold borage, and I wanted to help bring that colour out.

embroidery_in_progress

The sepals were just in straight stitch. The same green as the sepals of the gold borage, to also help ‘group them together’.

The spike was outlined in chain stitch to give it a clean outline then filled in with satin stitch laid at different positions to give it some texture. It was done in a single strand of Madeira cream silk and my black vintage artificial silk from Sally.

The spike is a better shape that the one of the gold borage since I was able to draw it on the existing design (remembering the original designs didn’t have spikes) rather than trying to insert it between two existing fishbone petals as with with the gold borage.

I am unsure whether it outline the borage or not.

I don’t want to outline *everything*, but it’s hard to see the details of the petals. This photo below shows the borage in place with the other motifs :

embroidery_in_progress_2

What do you think?

The examples of the borage that I see in extant embroideries usually aren’t outlined. Plymouth’s aren’t.

And what do you think of my detached buttonhole stitch? (The calyx of the rose bud doesn’t count – I had less practise with D.B.S. and with GST then)

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9 Comments:

Blogger Constance said...

Sampler is looking really good i love all the little bugs. Hopefully when i have done enough practicing on my "sample sampler" i should be able to start something a bit more like yours.

thanks for the info about the buttonhole stitch. always welcome. whether i can turn it into something better remains to be seen..

Sunday, September 07, 2008  
Blogger Constance said...

if i have time tonight i might try some little bugs. but only if i can get this housework done...

Sunday, September 07, 2008  
Blogger Elmsley Rose said...

That second try was good. You just need to practise to get your confidence up. D.B.S. isn't an easy stitch! I'm not that confident that mine is that great - just picked up a few things as a L.H'er doing it :-)

Sunday, September 07, 2008  
Blogger Dragonsally said...

You've definately started the bug bug, haven't you. I'm thinking I might embroider a snail....

Sunday, September 07, 2008  
Blogger Plays with Needles said...

This historical sampler is coming along beautifully just as a I knew it would. Just like the real thing, it has many areas to discover and delight in...like the bug and now, the snail. Very fun.

Sunday, September 07, 2008  
Blogger Elmsley Rose said...

Thankyou!

Sunday, September 07, 2008  
Blogger JoWynn Johns said...

It's coming along fabulously!

Monday, September 08, 2008  
OpenID paulahewitt said...

its looking good!

Monday, September 08, 2008  
OpenID alarttex said...

Hi dear friend:
Your sampler is wonderful!
I enjoy seeing it!!!
Maria del Valle

Tuesday, September 09, 2008  

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