Progress Pics

I have finished all the leaves.  I wanted to get them done before my next guild meeting.  The next step is making cords that go around each petal, as well as the ones that make up the stem.  So many of us took the workshop that the program for tomorrow is going over the making of the cords and getting help if needed. 

I’m nearly done Christmas Tree 2007:

Peony – with picture

This weekend I took part in a workshop being sponsored by my stitching guild (Town Clock Stitchers).  The guest teacher was Lynn Payette. 

The piece (a cranberry coloured Peony) is a mixture of fabric application and needlework.  We started with a 10×10 piece of white congress cloth with the outline drawn on the fabric and different shades of green and cranberry fabrics for the leaves and flower petals. 

To prepare the coloured fabric we had to iron on Wonder Under, then pick which colours to use for each part, trace the shape and cut out the leaf or petal.  There was a lot of shading to deal with and Lynn was very good at describing what we had to take into consideration when making our colour choices.  I found this the most difficult part because I don’t design cross stitch patterns I just stitch them. 

Saturday was spent preparing the fabric and getting most of the leaves and a few petals ironed onto the congress cloth.  On Sunday we were all far enough along that Lynn started showing us the what to do about stitching onto the piece.  The viens on the leaves are done in fly stitch.   I’ve done that stitch before on beginner crewel embroidery but it never came out looking very good.  Lynn explained to us how to do the stitch properly and have it come out looking good everytime.  Then a sparkly green colour is whip stitched to the center vien of each petal and a black-gold cord couched down around the edge of each leaf to give it further definition. There is cord couched down around each petal.  Lynn showed us how to make the cord from DMC floss and then gave us some tips on couching. 

My status as of last night is that I have all of the leaves and petals ironed on, and half of the leaves completed (with stitching).  I am actually very pleased with my colour selections, they help make the flower seem to have depth.   

There were 18 of us participating in the workshop.  Fourteen from our own guild, 1 from Alderney Gate guild (Dartmouth, NS), 2 from the Marigold Guild (Truro, NS) and one from the Lady Slipper Guild (Charlottetown, PE).  I think we all enjoyed ourselves.

If you ever have the chance to take a class from Lynn Payette I strongly recommend that you do.   She is a very good teacher and can explain and demonstrate in a way that makes sense.  I took a correspondance course from EAC (embroiderer’s association of Canada) last fall (crewel embroidery) and ended up not finishing because I didn’t like what I was doing.  I will pick it up again after Christmas and re-do all the fly stitching.  I will definitely finish the Lynn’s Peony this month though.

Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures yet, but as soon as I do I’ll be posting them.

October Stitching Intentions

I have the best of intentions when it comes to getting a certain amount of work done on this or that project, but life intervenes.  I started Ivy Pixie by Mirabilia in September and meant to set it aside and finish up Heirloom Christmas Sampler by Thea Dueck (Victoria Sampler) but that didn’t happen.  I came back from vacation and was inundated with work related stress.  So the way I handle that is by stitching an involved piece.  I started “Father Christmas with Toys” by Yvonne Gilbert (Michele Sayetta – Heaven and Earth Designs).  I love stitching Christmas designs.  However, Christmas is around the corner and that means I’ll have to focus on what I can get done between now and then.  That means I have to put “Father Christmas” on the back burner for now.  So I picked up “Ivy” again and took a progress picture last night:

I am stitching “Ivy” for my mother.  I am going to be starting another piece called “Christmas Tree 2007” by Mirabilia as soon as it gets to me in the mail.  The christmas tree is really sweet looking and will be a housewarming/Christmas gift for my mother.  She just bought a condo and will be moving into it in November.

This weekend I am going to be participating in a workshop being put on by my stitching guild (Town Clock Stitchers – Halifax NS).  The teacher is Lynn Payette.  The piece is called “Peony.”  I’ll be posting pictures of the workshop over the weekend.