Welp, I managed to make a smidgeon of progress on the Medallion Project – and when I say smidgeon, I mean smidgeon!
One fleur de lis on the side of the monogram in the Medallion Project is finished. The fleurs de lis are embroidered in all four shades of blue that I’m using on this project. Unlike the rest of the monogram, they aren’t padded with felt, but they are worked in long and short stitch.
It looks a bit lopsided with just one side embroidered, but hopefully, it’ll balance out soon enough! This photo was taken from farther away and cropped, and you can see how the light plays on the silk and gold. Up close, the gold doesn’t gleam so much, and the silk doesn’t shine so much, or so it seems. But once you step away from the project, depending on how the light is shining or where it’s shining from, all kinds of interesting things happen with the silk and the gold.
Under a brighter light and closer up, the gold doesn’t reflect as much, and the silk doesn’t shine as much. But you get a better sense of the stitching and shading.
I didn’t pad the fleurs de lis with felt. Instead, I outlined the area of the design with split stitch and proceeded to fill with long and short stitch in all four shades of blue. Do you know, it seemed like heaven stitching the fleurs de lis because there was no felt to stitch through! It was so much easier to stitch without the felt! Still, I do like the raised effect on the lettering that the felt provides, so I’m not complaining. I was just surprised at the difference! (Selective memory?)
That is where I am now, and still plugging away. I would love to have the whole central monogram finished by the end of this week, so that’s what I’m shooting for. I figure if I set small goals along the way (for example, for each section), I’ll be more likely to achieve the small goals within a reasonable time frame, and that will take me ever closer to the final goal. I’ll show you my “goal chart” on this project a little bit later!
If you’d like to see this project develop bit by bit, you’ll find all the articles on the Medallion Project listed in this index.
And, as always, if you have any questions or anything about the project thus far, feel free to leave a comment below!
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