SAL Update: Seashells #7

April 23, 2017 at 9:54 am | Posted in Embroidery | 15 Comments
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Progress! The big shell with the chainstitch filling is done!

Previous version:

Seashells - progress 2017-04-02

Today:

Seashells - 2017-04-23

There’s just a tiny bit at the bottom left that will be filled with long and short stitch, and then it’s on to shell No. 4.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, SusanP, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Wendy, Linda, Catherine, Mary Margaret and Timothy.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL Update: Seashells #6

April 2, 2017 at 10:05 am | Posted in Embroidery | 13 Comments
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I’ve been a bit preoccupied with another project, so didn’t get anything done before Avis’ reminder Email. To save myself from the embarrassment of not having to show anything at all, I did manage to add a few lengths of thread in the last couple of days.

Last time:

Seashells - 2017-03-12

Current state:

Seashells - progress 2017-04-02

At least the biggest wedges are filled in now, so maybe we can approach the end of the big shell next time? To tame the very unruly thread, I did an experiment and slightly waxed a length of thread in the last full wedge. Thread immediately tamed, but unfortunately the sheen is gone as well, even though you can’t really see the difference in the photograph. I tried to take a close-up, but still coudn’t see the difference. So, back to the original unruly version it is.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, SusanP, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Wendy, Linda and Catherine. Welcome to two new participants, Mary Margaret and Timothy.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL Update: Seashells #5

March 12, 2017 at 2:26 pm | Posted in Embroidery | 15 Comments
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Another report of not very much progress, but at least there’s still a little bit.

Last time:

Seashells - Progress 2017-02-19

Current state of affairs:

Seashells - 2017-03-12

The last picture taken in direct sunlight lost a bit too much detail for my taste, so it’s back to my working light now.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, SusanP, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Wendy, Linda and Catherine.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL Update: Seashells #4

February 19, 2017 at 10:18 am | Posted in Embroidery | 15 Comments
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Just a tiny little bit of progress this time round. Before:

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Now we can see how the second colour changes the appearance of the shell:

Seashells - Progress 2017-02-19

There’s a couple more progress reports with the big shell waiting to happen …

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, SusanP, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Wendy, Linda and Catherine.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL Update: Seashells #3

January 29, 2017 at 9:00 am | Posted in Embroidery | 16 Comments
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This is where I was last time:

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And this time, I just managed to finish the first colour of the big shell!

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It’s still a slog, but thanks to wanting to show you something new each time, I’m keeping up with it! I do like the result, so that helps as well.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, SusanP, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Wendy, Linda and Catherine.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

 

SAL Update: Seashells

January 8, 2017 at 10:18 am | Posted in Embroidery | 20 Comments
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I think I may be in the middle of the longest slog this project has. Last time:

seashell_20161218

Current state:

seashell_20170108

Filling in the big shell with chain stitch is slow going. And when I’m done with one colour, I get to do it again with another colour in the spaces currently left free. My guess is that I’ll have to show another shot of this stage three weeks from now.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, SusanP, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen and Steph. Welcome back to Wendy, and welcome to Linda and Catherine who are joining us for the first time!

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL Update: A Start on Seashells

December 18, 2016 at 10:42 am | Posted in Embroidery | 14 Comments
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After finally having finished my paisley pillow cover last time, I managed to get a start on the goldwork project “Seashells”. First, the preparation work: framing the project up. The RSN Goldwork book recommends using a slate frame, but also gives the option to use a ring frame. Goldwork embroidery needs to be stretched very tightly, which is very hard to achieve in a ring frame, and I don’t have a ring frame where I can work hands-free. Therefore I took the more cumbersome option, mounting it on my Millenium frame. This makes it possible to comfortably work with both hands free, but makes it decidedly non-portable.

I also had to replace the backing fabric provided with the project, since the backing was much smaller than the silk with the design. The normal order of work is to attach the silk to the backing, not the other way round! So I grabbed a bigger piece of cotton from my fabric stash and attached the silk to that. That made it possible to frame the whole thing correctly:

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Then it was time to start the embroidery. First part for all kinds of goldwork is to work all the non-goldwork pieces of the project, in this case the silk embroidery. The thread provided turned out to be something that may or may not contain real silk, but definitely contains viscose. It’s very slippery, but shiny. I like the effect, although working it is far from easy. (I have no illusions that working with silk would be any easier, although the source of the difficulties might be different.) Here’s how far I’ve come:

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Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, SusanP, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy and Helen. Welcome to Steph, who’s joining us for the first time!

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL Update: Finally, a Finish!

November 27, 2016 at 9:58 am | Posted in Embroidery | 14 Comments
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I made a firm plan at the last update to finish my Paisley Pillow this time round, since there was so little work left to do. And yes, it actually happened! I finished the stitching a week ago, and this morning I managed to iron it (was a bit apprehensive about ironing silk, but managed) and to take some pictures for you.

Last time we were here:

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And here’s the finished and ironed pillow cover:

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A detail shot of the embroidery:

indian_pillow_finished_detail

And here it is, with a pillow inside in pride of place at the back of my couch:

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I love the shine of the silk!

So, now I’m out of excuses to start with that goldwork project … maybe I can get it at least set up till next time in spite of crazy Christmas season being here already?

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, SusanP, Kathy, Margaret and Cindy. Helen is joining us for the first time, welcome!

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

 

SAL Update: A tiny bit of Progress

November 6, 2016 at 8:29 am | Posted in Embroidery | 11 Comments
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Somehow the last few stitches in my project don’t happen, but this time I have made at least a little bit of progress. Here’s where I was <cough> six weeks ago:

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And this is where I am today:

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I at least managed to get a start on that last motif, and actually finished all the yellow stitching. It doesn’t stand out, since all the red is still missing. Here’s a detail shot:

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Maybe I can manage the red next time? I sure hope so!

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Wendy, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, SusanP, Kathy and Margaret. Cindy is joining us for the first time, welcome!

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL-Update: Sneak Preview

October 16, 2016 at 2:47 pm | Posted in Embroidery | 7 Comments
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Sorry, can’t show you the promised finish because it didn’t happen. I’ve been traveling, and while I had the paisley pillow with me, I didn’t find any time to stitch. So, instead I’m going to show you a sneak preview of the project I’m hoping to tackle next:

seashell_preview

The project is called “Seashells”, and it’s supposed to be a goldwork project suitable for beginners, which is the reason I bought it at a Festival of Quilts back in the mists of time. Working with gold and silk threads is said to be finicky, and so I thought there would be extensive instructions coming with the project. Looking inside, I wasn’t impressed. In fact, I didn’t dare start the project just going on those instructions. So, back in Birmingham at another Festival of Quilts two years later, I bought the book on the right, which is part of a series of embroidery books published by the Royal School of Needlework. Those have a tendency to be very careful and thorough in their instructions.

Back home, somehow the book went onto the bookshelf, and the project stayed in the drawer. I found it in my quest to figure  out which of the things in that drawer are worth keeping and finishing. Now, it’s next on the list, and I’m still a bit scared!

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Wendy, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, SusanP and Kathy. Margaret is joining us for the first time, welcome!

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

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