Last year, in December, Margaret Cobleigh sent me her rendition of a beautiful embroidery design for a bunch of carnations. Well, just recently, she finished embroidering the design herself, and has graciously allowed me to share photos of it with you. Reminiscent of the “Society Silk” embroidery that was popular at the turn of last century, it’s a beautiful example of needlepainting in silk.
Margaret embroidered these carnations using Eterna silk, both the stranded (flat) silk and the mini twist. The flower petals are worked in the flat silk, and the stems and leaves are worked in the mini twist.
The piece is embroidered on an ivory shantung, with four shades of green, four shades of brown, and six shades of pink. The browns and greens are mini twist, while the pinks are flat.
When viewed from the side, you can see the difference between the flat silk on the petals and the mini twist on the stems and leaves.
I love the shading in this piece. The contrast with the browns and greens in the stems and leaves is gorgeous, isn’t it? I think what I like best about the design is the “natural” look of the bunch of flowers – I prefer this look to many stylized flower designs that are more common today. This natural look to bunches of flowers is typical of many of the “Society Silk” patterns I’ve come across, and I really like the look a lot!
Thanks, Margaret, for letting me post the photos! And congratulations on another beautiful finished project!
What have you been working on lately with your needle ‘n thread? Any photos you want to share? Feel free to drop me a line and I’ll reply with an e-mail address you can send pictures of your work to! I love seeing what needlework other folks are up to – it helps keep the creative juices flowing!