I finished the embroidery on this white-on-white linen pouch I’m making – actually, I finished the embroidery a while ago! This weekend, I have to finish the thing. White on white is always kind of difficult to photograph – if anyone has any hints, I’d be thrilled to hear some photo tips on taking pictures of whitework. But – for what they’re worth – here’s a couple shots, anyway.
As mentioned earlier, the cross is outlined in Palestrina stitch. I decided to fill it with seed stitching. Thanks for all the suggestions, by the way! A couple of them were really appealing, but I had already moved into the seed stitching, and there’s NOTHING worse to pick out, in my opinion! So I stuck with the seeding.
In this photo above, you can barely see the blue of the outline of a crown that I was going to embroidery there, but I decided against it for a number of reasons. I’ve washed the linen already, but there’s still a faint blue line at the base of that, which is making me rather nervous. I’m going to have to work on getting it out somehow…!
This photo came out pretty well. My favorite part of the design is the satin stitched sword handles. My least favorite part is the hand guard above the handle, with the seed stitching in it. I wish I had worked that differently – perhaps in a stem stitch filling, following the curves. Too late now!!
Yep. I like the tiny handles.
The handles are worked in #25 coton a broder. The outline of the cross and the shaft of the swords are worked in #16. The seeding etc., is done in #20.
I need still to arrange a way of closing the pouch. I want to do a tassle and button kind of thing, where the tassle strings are wrapped around “something” to hold it loosely closed. But I can’t figure out the “something.” I made a few Dorset buttons the other night, to try that concept, and I may have to go with that.
I still have to braid the cording for the tassles, make the tassles, and sew up the pouch. I suppose that’s what Friday nights and Saturdays are for!!! Whatever it takes, I’ll be finished with this before Monday!