Despite the orneriness of pseudo-suede when used as a ground fabric for hand embroidery, I did manage to put some stitches in on the Blue Suede Snowflake project, using white (“blanc”) Soie de Paris.
I’m still unsure about this whole thing. But this is what I’ve got for you so far:
That photo, taken at an angle, represents what I like best about the project so far: I love the color of the suede, which has been difficult to capture in a photo, and I like the sheen of the silk against the dull finish of the suede.
You might have noticed that I haven’t added any silver thread to the piece yet. Well, wouldn’tchya know? I don’t have any white silk to couch the silver thread with, so I’m held up at this point until I get some. As it happens, I’m reconsidering that particular silver thread. It may be too heavy.
Here you can see the layout of the Whole Flake so far. The stitches I used are pretty simple.
There’s vertical fly stitch on the large leafy thing on the left, then fanned out straight stitches on the pointy thing on the right, and the circle is Rhodes stitch.
I’m held up a wee bit until I have a proper thread for couching the silver, so I’ll put the snowflake aside and concentrate on the Medallion Project full-force for a while. My fingers will love me again!
Keep an eye out later this week for a give-away (this most delectable book!), and I’ll also update you on the progress of the Medallion Project. There’s other stuff coming up, too… but it wouldn’t be half as much fun if I told you everything in advance, would it?!