I’ve made a little more progress on the Jacobean Blues embroidery that I showed you last week, but as usual when I first set out on an embroidery project and start exploring stitch options, I’ve had a few Moments of Pause.
I’ve changed my mind once.
And I’m pretty sure I’m going to change it again.
Today, I’ll show you what I’ve done so far, talk about the thread a bit, show you an element that got stitched & removed, and share my thought processes along the way, for whatever they’re worth.
This is the trunk. There are some adjustments I want to make in it. Close up, I like it ok. As I back up from it, the white takes over, and since it’s not equal everywhere, it tends to look a bit wobbly.
There is a reasonable chance – a pretty certain chance – that I might stitch this whole area again.
Then again, I might very carefully pick out some of the areas that are bothering me, and just re-stitch those. I’ll let you know.
Even if I’m not entirely sold on the embroidery itself, I love the thread!
As I mentioned in last week’s article, I’m using floche, which is a non-divisible, softly twisted, fine cotton thread with a sheen to it. You can read this article on three reasons to try floche here, if you want to learn more about the thread.
If you’re looking for floche in the States, you can find it through Needle in a Haystack, where they sell it in whole hanks and also broken down in quarter and half hanks – both of which will give you a lot of thread.
Although you can’t blend on linear stitching with floche as well as you can with regular cotton floss, it’s still a wonderful thread to work with. I love it!
Why Aren’t You Using Silk?
That said, someone asked me why I am not using silk. And I’m having Much Pause over that question.
Why am I not using silk?
Or, more to the point:
Why am I NOT using silk?
I suppose I just wanted to stitch with floche. There may be another reason hovering in the back of my head, but I can’t recall it at the moment!
The question started me thinking about using silk, and you can imagine what kind of dilemma that puts me in.
It’s tough being a thread addict. It’s kind of like being faced with a candy buffet. You approach, for example, with just a tiny piece of licorice on your mind, but then you realize there’s a whole world of fruit slices and gummies and chocolates and crunchy things and every kind of other known sweet stretching out before you. Before you know it (and human nature being what it is), that bite of licorice by itself just isn’t enough. Your mind boggles at the choices!
But then a sense of calm overtakes you. You pause, take a deep breath, skip it all, and head straight to the French pastries and the Italian coffee.
So I’m pausing on that whole silk question, momentarily.
This little exercise in satin stitch didn’t last.
I love these blues, but I don’t like the mid-tone blue by itself. It reminds me of that ’80’s blue when I see it – kind of a dusty, “country” blue that I’m not very fond of. So when I saw this solid mass of color, I immediately rebelled and cut it all out.
I feel better when I cut out things that I don’t like.
And I always feel better when there’s no doubt about what I like or don’t like. In this case, it was a clear-cut I Don’t Like It.
I’ll keep you up to date on what happens with this particular piece!
Where’s the Design for Jacobean Blues?
For those who have asked me to post the design, the whole piece will eventually be available here on Needle ‘n Thread. It will most likely be a project e-book, although I’ll be walking through my process here on the blog as I work through it. Even if you don’t have the design, you can still pick up tips and techniques for your own designs – or similar projects – as we progress.
In the meantime, though, at the beginning of August, I’ll be sharing the pattern for this design with my patrons over here on my Patreon page, as a big thank you for your support!
What’s Patreon? It’s a platform where patrons can collectively support websites, craftspersons, artists, and so forth who gives them something of value. I use it primarily to keep Needle ‘n Thread (and my YouTube channel) free of annoying network advertising that you find on most blogs and videos today. If this interests you, you can find my Patreon page here.