attack_laurel (attack_laurel) wrote,
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attack_laurel

All at once I saw a crowd...


Just a quickie, since it's late and I want to get to bed...

I finished outlining the third sleeve piece, and I'm taking a side trip (as it were) to develop a couple more filled motifs, starting with the daffodil next to the pomegranate. I'm also going to experiment with a couple of the smaller surrounding leaves and berries before getting back to the outlining.

Pictures - you're only reading this for the pictures, right?

I started the fill, only to realize that I hated the fill stitch I was using, so I spent a couple of hours fixing that - it's very important to pick a fill I like and can do fairly easily, since I'll be doing a lot of each fill. After a bit of experimentation, I decided on a fill with crosses:



(That's the pomegranate you can see to the right.)

This stitch actually worked out well - it's light, but not too light, so the gold will pop nicely, and I liked sewing it. I'm having some adjustment problems with the scroll frame and stand, but they'll work out - I'm thinking of getting a floor stand, anyway (its not like I won't use it again and again and again...). This took about six hours.

Then, I started on the darker fill for the under side of the petals - I wanted to choose a complementary stitch, so I went with a denser cross design.  It looks like daisies or crosses depending on how you look at it - it's sort of like a Magic Eye daffodil:

 

This part took about four hours (I finished it about twenty minutes ago).  I think it worked out rather well - the contrast isn't as high as on the pomegranate, but I like it. The center ribs of the petals will be filled with the Tambour gilt (I haven't decided what stitch yet - I need to experiment a bit), and the inside of the trumpet will be GST. The outside "berries" will be the passing gilt.

It's looking nice so far.

Oh, and I and my old jacket got blogged about on the Thistle Threads blog, and Tricia mentioned my new jacket, so... yay!


And I'm punchy and tired, so I'm off to bed.
 
Tags: costume, costuming, embroidered jacket, embroidery, research
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