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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.
 

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luciab
Aug. 26th, 2009 03:02 am (UTC)
Holy moly, woman! You knock my socks off. Gorgeous.
attack_laurel
Aug. 26th, 2009 12:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
tudorlady
Aug. 26th, 2009 03:07 am (UTC)
ooooooooooooooo

::awed silence::
attack_laurel
Aug. 26th, 2009 12:31 pm (UTC)
Wait 'til I get the gold on! :)
madamekat
Aug. 26th, 2009 03:08 am (UTC)
So beautiful!
attack_laurel
Aug. 26th, 2009 12:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
wortschmiedin
Aug. 26th, 2009 03:20 am (UTC)
Absolutely Gorgeous
attack_laurel
Aug. 26th, 2009 12:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
cathgrace
Aug. 26th, 2009 03:57 am (UTC)
you are so awesome!
attack_laurel
Aug. 26th, 2009 12:32 pm (UTC)
Stalker. :)
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etinterrapax
Aug. 26th, 2009 04:40 am (UTC)
I just got my TT blog feed! Love that. This looks amazing. You're making some serious progress! I'm really such a lollygagger as a stitcher that when other people really tackle big things like this, I'm humbled and feel lazy.
attack_laurel
Aug. 26th, 2009 12:34 pm (UTC)
No, don't feel lazy! I'm just insane and allowing everything else to fall by the wayside. Believe me, the housework is suffering more than usual. :)
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thepurpleempire
Aug. 26th, 2009 05:05 am (UTC)
Oh wow. That's spectacular.
attack_laurel
Aug. 26th, 2009 12:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
fiberferret
Aug. 26th, 2009 05:25 am (UTC)
beautiful! I really like the pattern of the fill.
attack_laurel
Aug. 26th, 2009 12:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I had to pick fills that didn't make me want to scream, since I'll be doing a lot of them! :)
fleurdelysa
Aug. 26th, 2009 08:56 am (UTC)
stunning. I am relieved to learn that even for a pro like you, embroidery just takes a lot of time. You are inspiring!
attack_laurel
Aug. 26th, 2009 12:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And yes, it always takes time. I always tell people that it takes time and patience, not massive skill to make something like this. My last jacket was almost 2000 hours, and I'm pretty sure this one will go over that mark.
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attack_laurel
Aug. 26th, 2009 12:36 pm (UTC)
Uh Huh. :)
my_stitching
Aug. 26th, 2009 11:43 am (UTC)
I can't wait to see how this progresses!
attack_laurel
Aug. 26th, 2009 12:36 pm (UTC)
Heh. Me too! :)
bertana
Aug. 26th, 2009 12:20 pm (UTC)
Oh. Oh my. Stunning!

I love getting to see the progress and read about how you plan things out and then change plans as you need. I am a big fan of learning about the process in addition to all the OMG PRETTY.

You make me want to do more. I need to work on my time management so that I can!



Edited at 2009-08-26 12:21 pm (UTC)
attack_laurel
Aug. 26th, 2009 12:31 pm (UTC)
Seriously - all it takes is a commitment of maybe half an hour a day to get something small like a sweet bag done in a reasonable amount of time (a couple of months).

I do most of my sewing in front of the TV, or at parties. :)
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bauhausfrau
Aug. 26th, 2009 12:29 pm (UTC)
WOW. Blown away once again, amazing!
attack_laurel
Aug. 26th, 2009 12:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
maricelt
Aug. 26th, 2009 12:34 pm (UTC)
Lovely as always.
One question.
How heavy is the silk that you are using to outline?
attack_laurel
Aug. 26th, 2009 12:37 pm (UTC)
It's the smallest gemstone silk that Halcyon Yarn makes, and it's two-ply.
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textileowl
Aug. 26th, 2009 01:31 pm (UTC)
Looks fantastic!

I'm taking notes over here, so that I can attempt something similar in the future.

My current needlework project is an embroidered pocket in art nouveau crewelwork. It's large scale enough that I have found my mother-in-law's floor stand to be the best thing to motivate me to work. I have heavily hinted that a floor stand would be a fantastic Hanukkah present, and is sufficiently gifty enough that I might get it.

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