Flowers – and an EyeAugust 20, 2016 at 8:08 am | Posted in Embroidery, Patchwork | 5 Comments
I have finished embroidering the French knots on my Mexican Bird project, and was wondering if the flowers need a little extra as well. In the original painting, the pink flowers have a white highlight in each petal:
Since I painted the petals with a flat pink, maybe I should try to recreate this in embroidery? So I took my sample and started to experiment:
From left to right:
- Nested chain stitches – doesn’t scale large enough
- Outlined in backstitch, then worked over with a horizontal satin stitch. Visually the right effect, but too heavy and way too slow to stitch.
- A bunch of straight stitches – not strong enough for me
- A dense herringbone stitch – going in the right direction
- Back to chain stitch, working them close and opening them up, I think this looks best visually.
- Another try for something similar with a feather stitch variation, not dense enough I think.
So, if I’m doing anything, it would have to be with number 5. Since the colouring is a bit different on the real quilt, I decided to try this out on one flower:
I saw that it’s very hard to get a consistent form out of this, and looking from a distance, the effect just isn’t there against that pretty light pink background. In conclusion, I decided that putting in all the work needed to fill all the flowers wouldn’t make enough of a difference to the impact of the quilt to be worth it. I took the sample stitches out and called the quilt finished.
Oh, not quite finished! My bird’s still missing an eye! I had decided very early on that the eye is the perfect size for a spangle and bead solution, so now I just had to figure out the colour. Diving into my bead stash, I tried out different possibilities:
I’ve made my choice – which one would you choose?