Ok, here ’tis. This is the only needlework project I’ve really had going lately. It’s not a high-pressure-type project, which is nice. Basically, it’s just an exploratory, experimental kind of project. I’m playing with whitework techniques, and this is what I’ve done so far.
The techniques I plan to dabble in on this sampler include drawn thread, Schwalm, Hardanger, Ukrainian drawn thread embroidery, surface techniques (such as trailing and satin stitch and so forth), pulled thread, and whatever else happens to come to mind.
So far, it’s been a fun experiment, and I’ve learned a lot of things along the way. Today, I’ll just give you a couple shots of what I’ve done so far. Later on, I want to go into various motifs and show you mistakes (yes, I make mistakes!) and corrections, and other points of learning.
Here’s the sampler so far:
This is the lower left-hand corner of the fabric. The area is quite dominated by an incomplete Schwalm chicken. I wasn’t going to do this guy at first, but on a whim, I stuck him on there. For a chicken, compared to everything else on the sampler, he’s somewhat large – but, gosh, I love this guy! He’s the same motif I used on my Christmas Chicken embroidered card.
And this is the lower right-hand corner of the fabric so far. You can tell that I jump around between motifs a bit. The Schwalm work pomegranate here isn’t finished – I still have to work the pinecone on the right and the little spray below it. The chicken above isn’t finished, either, and in the middle of the fabric, you can see a larger blank rectangle that’s marked out – and it’s not finished, either!
Here’s the chicken close-up. Check out those chicken legs. There are some flaws on this fellow, and some troubleshooting I had to go through when choosing threads, but we’ll come back to that down the road.
And here’s the crown of the pomegranate. This is perhaps my favorite thing I’ve worked so far on this! It was a bit challenging here and there, which was nice. Yeah, the eyelets aren’t so great, and – yes! – they are on crooked. The right side is higher than the left side!
We’ll go back to that later, too.
I like this little section of drawn thread, which utilizes the coral knot to bunch things together. The other day I showed you how to do what I call a chain loop to bunch threads, but the method I prefer is this coral knot.
And, here’s the whole panel in perspective. See what I mean about the dominating chicken??!!
That’s my progress so far – it’s really one of the more relaxing projects I’ve ever worked on, I suppose because it isn’t for anyone else, it’s purely exploratory, and I can do whatever I want! Kinda fun!
Anyone else out there working on anything fun or interesting? Feel free to leave a comment below with a link to your current project! Or, if you’ve finished something recently and want to share it with us, you can contact me, and I’ll send you my e-mail address so you can send photos!
Have a great Monday!
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