Well one advantage of the snow is that my second job has been closed in the evenings all this week so I have had an extended break and lots of extra stitching time. Good for me, not so good for all the other people who had to struggle into work I guess.
So, here we are, snowing again, and time for an update. I've made lots of progress on the foreground flower ball which is almost complete, just some stamens and one or two finishing off bits to do. A photo later (no sneaking down to the bottom of the post to check it out ;-)) but first ...
... woven effect. Woven effect can be worked with either a twisted or flat foundation, this flat variation in a cherry blossom shape is on the background ball, the twisted version is on the foreground ball. The last time I did this technique in flat silk was on phase 3 and I remembered it being very difficult. Of course I've learned a lot since then and from doing this piece I think that one of the tricks to getting this right the control you have over the silk. Not so good on phase 3, better now! The first three layers of silk and gold are laid down.
The final task is to hold down the 3rd layer giving the woven effect.
This silver bamboo leaf worked with a to and fro technique is giving me some trouble. I've managed one half of the main leaf but can not get the other half right. It has been in and out about 3 times, so am leaving it along for a while.
The gold plum blossom from my last post has come along and now it is complete I am very happy with it.
I've made a start on a number of the bell flowers from the background ball. First ... this one is outlined in silver.
The inside of the petals is filled in with a maize pattern. The small rear petals will also be filled with a maize pattern.
Second ... worked in long legged knots. This has been taken out since I took the photo. The second layer of knots makes it too bulky so I am going to make the twists from a finer thread and that should solve the problem.
Third ... this one is simply outlined in knots.
And now ... ta da daaaaa ...
I know I have said this before, but I love this colour scheme. I can not take the credit for putting this together, it was designed by Masa Tamura. I have never met Masa san, I hope to do so in the future, but I feel privileged to be able to share her skill and knowledge in some small way by working on this colour scheme she put together for me.
Domo arigato gozaimasu Masa san