Friday, 14 March 2014

Embroidery on dark fabric.

So this week we've come from this beautiful warm spring weather:

 Thanks to David Martyn,  KWAG Chair and photographer extraordinaire, for this image taken last weekend 

 To this, taken from my window this morning. Dense fog and cold all week! If you  look hard you can just see the cherry blossom peering through the gloom.

 On the plus side my shelf finally got out put up. My little art mannequin is jumping for joy! I found some pretty scroll brackets perfect for hanging my treasures,  so now Starr's  wonderful gift and my guardian angel are right on hand to inspire me as I work!

I've designed one series of 8 British wildflowers and one of 8 native birds for two of the ladies in my stitchery class. These will be made up into cushions, interspersed with fabric squares. I'm really pleased how the designs came out - especially the birds for Wendy. She wanted them to be realistic, but also achievable for her as a relatively new stitcher; so  I suggested she did them in (blue) redwork.  So for fun, I quickly stitched up the thrush yesterday on a black background, using Valdani variegated  threads (6 and 3 stranded cottons).   I  like the effect and I think I'll try and take it a bit further


I 'm in a hurry so I gave up after three tries to remove all the filaments from the shot! The only problem with black cotton fabric....x

13 comments:

  1. I sometimesthink we don't use coloured fabrics as often as we should - they can add a totally new dimension, can't they!

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  2. The view from your window is so pretty with daffodils. You should paint it.

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  3. Lovely Jules and hope your lovely weather returns soon.

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  4. I like the dark background. Back to sunshine here this morning after two misty mornings, at least the sun came out yesterday though unlike the day before when it stayed dull and chilly all day!

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  5. such a chubby thrush, he looks so good on the black fabric I used to use a lot of 28ct coloured fabrics for my hardanger but find my eyes are not liking colours these days for counted work. Have to live with getting older!

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  6. Lovely bird on black background, I like it.
    (I sometimes wish to have more picturesque fog here - )
    Have a great and sunny weekend

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  7. The daffodils are gorgeous , it will be a while before we see those . I love the embroidery on the black background !

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  8. I love your little thrush, very Japanese in its simplicity I think?

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  9. I love it. Of course, I'm very fond of black and how everything pops off of it. The lint....yes indeed a pain to remove it, but worth it. :)

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  10. I love how the stitching pops off of the black background! I've only tried it once, but I was also very pleased with the effect. Weatherwise, the same thing is happening here today - cold, windy, dark and misty. No worries! The sun will soon return ;)

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    1. P.S. I'm honored to see your little bluebird hanging from your fab new shelf! Makes me oh so happy!!

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  11. I love the thrush - he looks wonderful on black fabric. I really enjoy stitching on colored fabric too.

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  12. Isn't it great to be able to do some work outside! I hope the weather doesn't change again.

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