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20 June 2011

A New Project!

If you didn’t see that I posted yesterday (about a set of links to free internet ‘palette construction from images’ tools), well, scroll down :-)

I’ve been making embroideries for friends for the last 8 or more months. I’m going crazy. I NEED to get back into the Elizabethan world.

While waiting for some purple thread for the Butterfly, I’ve started the next and final thankyou present – a marigold. I’ll post about that presently.

It’s not a big project, so I’ll be “free” in a month or so, maybe less.

I have my  Elizabethan Historical Sampler sitting there as a UFO. But the whole *point* of the Sampler is to try as many new stitches and techniques as possible. My health just isn’t up to that at the moment – it’s a bit hard to think and learn a lot when you feel ratty. The medical specialist programme I’m now on will guarantee I’ll feel pretty ratty until at least November – but I should be much healthier and stronger at the end of it :-) :-)
So I wanted something that I already had the skills to do, but was Elizabethan (and beautiful, of course).

I made a file of prospective projects, then I chose one after thinking for a day :

It’s the bookmark of a Cope that Julie gave me! The dragon will be especially fun! There’s some silk shading in his wings, the cross and the leaves above too. Surface couching work on the silver thistle (or I’m going to make it surface couched, anyway). Perhaps I’ll use kid for that red patch in the middle? Gold kid. I’ll need plenty of pearl purl, that’s for sure!

Lots of ideas! I’ll be using DMC for the Cope piece although I’d prefer to do it in silk, but it’s too expensive.

My initial choice was this motif :
I just adore the colours in it, and like the lightness of the scrollwork. But it occurred to me that I’d just done lots of split stitching for the Butterfly wings, so didn’t really want to do a repetitive stitch project again so soon.

Meanwhile I’m be Butterflying and Marigolding away :-) I’m a big post behind on the Butterfly – He has a body, legs and antennae now.

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Anonymous Rachel said...

Love that dragon - full of vigour and life. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with him...

Tuesday, June 21, 2011  
Blogger Virginie said...

Hello, I too love that dragon. If it was my project, I 'll stitch it in access commodity in black and gold using Bayeux stitch. Nice project.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011  
Blogger Juels said...

Who knew when I picked up that card that you would end up designing a project from it! I'm delighted you like it so much. I picked up one for myself hene I bought your's as I thought it woulld be great to draw on in any designing I might do in the future. Can't wait to see what you come up with, and am thrilled you have progressed so far on my beautiful butterfly. It will look wonderful (framed even if I have to have one made) in my new house.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011  
Anonymous Lyn said...

My book contains 9 projects & they are: Elizabethan Sweete Bagge
Dragonfly & Spider picture
Peacock & Pears
Strawberry Bell pull
Carnation tile
Tudor Rose Roundel
Elegant Elizabethan shoe
Elizabethan stomacher
Elizabethan Bell Pull

Thursday, June 23, 2011  

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