Sunday, 28 June 2009
Saturday, 13 June 2009
One day while the sun was shining she was playing her favorite game, but sadly on this sunny day things weren't going too well.
She was colouring in the background of her newest picture and had two colours of blue to choose from.
First she tried one, but it was too light, then she tried the other, but it was too dark, next she tried both together but that wasn't right either and Jane was very sad :-(
Jane decided that all the blue should be rubbed out, so she did that and then finished colouring in the other petals, well, all but one because she'd run out of blue so would need to contact the silk fairy to get some more. While waiting for the new colouring in silk to arrive Jane thought she would share some pictures of the lovely flower with her lovely friends in magic cyberspace.
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
Now the thing is normally cords are started at the end closest to the stitcher, but in this case the end closest to me was a curve (see pic below) and it is sideways on, but the other end (see above) was fairly straight. So I thought start at the other end, get the angle going right, and then going round the curve will be easy. Hmm. So off I started. You can see that the angle of the stitches is very steep and the little squares ... well ... they aren't!!
It didn't take me long to figure out this was a bad idea. So some reverse stitching later, I started on the other end of the cord. It took me three attempts to get the cord going, and even on this last attempt the first two or three cross overs are not quite right, but then they get better so I decided to leave this attempt in.When stitching curves the angle of the stitches have to be adapted so the stitches on the inside of the curve are closer together on the inside and wider in the middle, while the stitches on the outside of the curve are wider on the outside and closer in the middle. This means the squares aren't square, but this is ok as it adds to the impression of a curve in the pattern, as the cord straightens they should gradually become square.
So this is it completed, in the end and ignoring the false starts it really didn't take very long to do. It's not perfect, but it was very fiddly to start and then work round that curve at such an odd angle so I'm pretty happy with how it is so am going to leave it be.
For any Japanese embroiderers out there who are wondering why this double central doesn't have padding. The design is a challenge piece and doesn't come with a box chart, there is only a photo. In this it looked to me like none of the petals were padded, and since there is also so guidance on thickness of thread I decided that all flat silk would be 2F while all twists will be 4T. This means that both double and single central cords are quite light being worked only in 2 strands of flat silk so I've not padded them.
Monday, 1 June 2009
So the lesson for today, do what it says in the text book.