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Daffodil pics!

After the fill, I did the gold center on the petals with the special tambour gilt - the tips are detatched buttonhole, the ribs are ceylon stitch:

I definitely need to improve the frame somehow - it keeps slipping, and I'm killing my hands fixing it constantly.  But I'm pleased with how the gold looks.

Then, I filled the center of the trumpet with the GST using detatched buttonhole:

And finished with the berries in the passing gilt, using the same round stitch as for the pomegranate seeds:

Then, for giggles, I filled in the three rosehips by the trumpet of the daffodil in GST and special tambour:

This is going to sound whiny, but the metal threads are fiddly and exhausting to work with.  I think part of that is dealing with the sub-optimal frame setup, but mostly, it's just fiddly.  The thread likes to kink and bend the wrong way, and it's annoying.

Still, I think it looks pretty good so far.  I plan to do a bit more fill (I think most of the leaves will be filled with silk, not metal, though the berries will all be round stitch with the special tambour), just to get a sense of the overall look, then I'm going back to outlining.



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Aug. 27th, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
Fabulous work!
Aug. 27th, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
Aug. 27th, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
Aug. 27th, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC)
Just gorgeous!
Aug. 27th, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
I am so relieved to hear you say the metal threads are fiddly. That is exactly the same problem I have with them. Some are better than others but they are so much extra work to keep neat and working properly. I thought it was just something I was doing wrong. Could still be but it's nice to hear someone else runs into the same issues.

Your work is beautiful! I'm really enjoying watching it come together!
Aug. 27th, 2009 09:13 pm (UTC)
along those lines, what metal thread are you using?
Aug. 27th, 2009 09:13 pm (UTC)
Nope, it's pretty much how the threads are. As you get used to them, you start to turn your hand so that you don't twist them up as much (so they stop coiling as heavily), but you always have to pay attention. :)
Aug. 27th, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
It looks wonderful! FWIW, I feel the same way about metal threads, and I always put off working with them because it's just so tedious. They look spectacular, but you sure have to earn it along the way!
Aug. 27th, 2009 09:13 pm (UTC)
That's exactly it, isn't it? You're earning every darn sparkle. :)
Aug. 27th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
Your work always makes me want to love to do embroidery. I love the result, just not the process. Why can't I love to do it? I want to!

I really like the effect of the gold. This project looks so different to your other jacket (not that we don't love that one too, natch). It is going to be spectacular once you are done.
Aug. 28th, 2009 01:36 am (UTC)
~deep sigh of vicarious satisfaction~
Aug. 28th, 2009 02:19 am (UTC)
when I grow up can I be you? (I almost inserted something creepy and stalker-ish here but decide to refrain....)
Aug. 28th, 2009 06:44 am (UTC)
can you put a ruler in the photo? I have a mental image of the scale, but I don't know how accurate it is.
Aug. 28th, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
The daffodil is about 2" high (I think). I'll put size comparison things in the next one. :)

Edited at 2009-08-28 05:10 pm (UTC)
Aug. 28th, 2009 01:43 pm (UTC)
That was my experience with metal thread - fiddly.
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