This is just a quick update the second of the panels is finished! The goldwork/metalwork is time consuming and it was put off for a few weeks as some frustration set in. I had mentioned that I wished I had worked on each one of the panels at the same time and since that was a bust…I naturally approached the second one slightly different. Looking back at the first one to constantly make sure I stitched everything. Then because the original tracing is so unique on each panel things had to be stitched different in the same areas. Hopefully you would understand that… Stitching along I thought I was finished and then noticed I forgot to use “2” strands of gold on the trellis part. Absolutely a mind buster! (silent scream) Sooo…went back and added all of them. Gheezzzh! Now it is done and time for a rest. Only 2 more to go then I will finish the border…(I wonder how long it will take me!) (Lots of laughs and snickering going on with that) I have been watching some very uplifting movies while stitching so at least I am in a better place when stitching goes all awry on one….Here is a picture of the two panels finished…. I think I will scream out loud when the whole thing is finished!
So looking at the picture I “was” pleased…oh, wait…what’s that I see… a “thistle” I forgot to outline! Okay…now I really do need a break..It is hard to see everything but that one is glaring! Couple of hours later (after rest and movie break) I am stitching the thistle to the sounds of “Simon and Garfunkel” and finishing “again! So here is the finished first and second panel! TA!!!! DA!!!
Whew…this is time consuming…remember I used a 4 strand Cosmo “gold metallic” instead of “gold passing thread. Someday I will splurge and get a stash of different sizes of passing thread. The floss is okay…passing thread better…I am sure.. I still need a lot of practice with goldwork and hopefully will get more…There are some things that need to be tidied on the back but will take care of that later when I finally finish the whole Cap. I have been tidying somewhat as I go but for some reason there is this “thread” that tangles and get messed up on the back..
Now for another small break…and then I will get back to the rest of the “goldwork”…Definitely nice to see an end in sight when you stitch…I now have 4 projects going and I need them down to two…now to get back to a fairly easy and quick one !
Here is a photo of the “one panel” ..There might be some tweaking in the future but we shall see when the whole piece is finished.
For some unknown reason this post was deleted from my website and I was able to cobble it back so here it is again….
Doing goldwork can be a challenge…and “yes” challenges….are for me…! Using a 4 ply gold metallic cosmo thread added a bit more to the experience. I mentioned before that the size of “gold passing thread” I had on hand just were not working for me… sooo this is what “lesson 8” ended up like…This picture is just one of the panels…I also did the strawberries at the same time…they were supposed to be done in an earlier lesson but thought that it would be wiser to do all the “goldwork” at the same time.. Lesson eight only covers the flowers etc. The stems and trellis are for lesson nine… When those are finished on “this” panel …I will show that to you …My plan is to continue with the goldwork on the main part and finish all of it which will take quite some time…then I will show that all finished. Then onto the border…which will also take a bit of time…I need to take breaks as “sloppiness” will occur if I do to much at once. Struggling with the thistle.. I am thinking of redoing it…maybe outlining it first then doing the trellis across it might have worked better? Will leave it for now and decide later. ( I have already posted the fix and that is when I found out this one was missing!)
I am going to start a project that the artwork was drawn by “Nicola Jarvis” at my request a couple of years ago and she was kind enough to do it for me. I have finally got my ” ducks in a row” as to what my plans are concerning this…There will be more on the background later on…
Yes, the decision was made to take out the goldwork on the thistle…. below are the changes made and the differences…I like it ! I did do the outside outline first then added the trellis…a little different approach but it worked for me. I have always encouraged one to find what is going to work for them…we are all so different so we need to embrace that…especially with creativity! It barely took me an hour to fix it all so well worth it…I know two posts so close together is a bit much, but that is rare !
Here is the first “thistle”… then below that is the second one redone… much happier…!
So this is the goldwork start…! Only a bit …but yea!!!! ….it’s started and there is lots of it to do..So for the first thing, I needed to pick a “gold passing thread”. Below were my choices…a Japanese in 3 diffferent sizes and a Cosmos metallic thread. I tried the finest of the Japanese threads and it was just to big and I was unable to turn the corners well on the small flowers. Had to snip that out..I only did the top flower as you will see…sooooo, I tried the Cosmos metallic embroidery floss. It is divisible but I used all of it as one strand and couched it down with silk thread and I liked the way it looks..it’s a keeper for me…Makes sense anyway for me as all the other floss used is Cosmos.
After twisting and turning the thread and couching it down you need to plunge the thread to the back using a large eyed needle.
Then “the back”…! Mmmmmm…I found one of my couching threads had knotted and a possibility of it loosening was there…not taking that out it was decided to gather it up with the gold thread and couch it down to the back..
So it has been couched and secured on the back..You can see how I pulled the not so good silk thread from couching on the front and secured it…thankfully I am of the mind not to mind my backs!
Now for the final look at the front finish…. I like the Cosmos metallic it flowed around the edges nicely. It is not real gold but for here I am just as happy…
Whew…I am almost there to the goldwork…I am thinking of doing a bit now that I have finished “two” of the panels..itchy goldfinger here…we shall see…holidays were a bust as far as stitching…just getting back into the routine…some changes in the home schedule are happening too so it will take some time to get used to that…
Below is a picture of a finished panel without the goldwork…I am happy to be getting closer to the finish of course as I have said before…”I have other projects I want to do and I need to finish this one because it is so big… !!” I ended up taking some stitching out and redoing it because the colors were wrong. Learned “again” that I need to read and reread the directions. Like I said, “I have an itchy goldfinger”. Even noticed that I forgot to stitch some elements..What do you want to bet I will find some more?!!
Tackling a big one is fun to a point because when one finishes it it is hard to believe you actually handstitched the whole thing. I have looked at other embroideries I have finished over the years and it is hard to believe, me, myself and I actually made those..it’s like a dream….for me anyway…never thought I could enjoy a process and the beauty of hand embroidery so much!
The goldwork will definitely give the piece a extravagantly beautiful finish, mainly because the goldwork wraps around so many of the elements of the flowers and background. I am debating still what to use for the goldwork…I will have to decide soon…want to pull out all the gold threads I have and just have fun playing!
The Large Purple Flowers…Yes when done with these I’ll be half way done…! Still trying to stay focused to get finished. With the holidays coming up I know there will be a slow down but maybe not! I do enjoy my stitching!
Enjoyed doing this. Part of the leaves were done with a chain stitch which was a new change for me. The rest of the flower was a satin stitch. The yellow highlights make the flower…There was a hesitancy as to whether the flower was going to look ok…well I am happy with it!.. You can also see the differences in the flowers because of the tracings…a great representation of the original drawing.
Whew…the leaves are done (yes there are more later on…drat!) ..which was the next step after the blueberries. Satin stitch, stem stitch and split stitch were used here..The split stitch was used around the drawn outline to help raise the stitching and give it a fuller look…I do feel there is some inconsistency in the stitching ..but I probably will leave it alone…On the tracing there were these tiny little “pokey things” above the bluberries and I traced them on. Looking at the original cap these “do not exist” and then no instructions as what to do with them so I decided to just pop a stem or straight stitch on each line. Thought about some gold but being there will be a lot of that the green looks fine by me…
Next is a Purple flower and then onto Lesson 7. Looking at the tracing again I decided to check the original sketch and compare my tracing with it. Hmmmm…such is the results of a hand drawn piece…Actually the nuances in a hand drawn piece gives a picture its own character. There is no computer mirror images here! So that said…below are some shots of the original that the tracing was taken from and then my tracing of the last element of lesson 6. One of the things learned, hopefully, is that one will take the time to check all elements before tracing so if need be there can be some tweaking done. It is hard on a “historical piece” because for “me” I would like to keep the little idiosyncrasies in the piece. When stitching though it can be different in the way one may approach an element because the next one (that is supposed to be the same) is drawn and therefore traced different. Whew..then your stitching is different for each one. Golly…hope this makes sense!
You can see the difference between the two flowers above. Below are two of my tracing which will be stitched next…Gee…if you look back above at other parts you can really see how the artists drawing is not the same for the repetitive parts..fascinating!
It is nice to have some more of this cap done…long time project…lots of bits…thinking about the “goldwork” gets me going…because that will be a different type of stitching. Almost all the elements have some type of gold…the thistle has some across it…so you will see it again!
Below are pictures of the thistle and then the thistle bud. Needed to outline each section with a small chain stitch then fill with a satin stitch. Started at the top and moved down to help give a look of overlap…This is one area I still need to work at. Maybe I will get better at it the more I do it.
Stitching flowers really have a lot of the overlapping to help show definition of depth. Also because the design is “historical” it has uneven elements from the design drawing…tough to trace and then stitch because all the lines are not quite the same.
The Chain Stitch
The Thistle Bud
Sooo… One of the small flowers near the strawberry is finished. Looks real cute. The little leaves were fairly easy..Just so many tiny stitches… There are eight in all. The long and short shading was very easy on these. Mainly just fill in. They will be pretty when all of them are embroidered.