My writing prompt relates back to the poll I put up earlier this week. I am supposed to write something arising out of what readers have asked for. Someone asks for an update on my embroidery project so here goes.
I have been working on the Spring Trellis project since March 2015, actually not as far back I was expecting. The plan is from a book by Hazel Blomkamp called Crewel Twists which gives a modern twist to crewel work. I set out on the project as I wanted to learn how to use beads and also more crewel work techniques.
It’s a large project, probably a bit over ambitious but that’s me. I have one large motif to finish and then the last one in the bottom right hand corner. Then I need to do all the connecting stems and leaves and finally some trellis in the background. I started on the largest motif and I think looking at the last few I have done (top left and then top right) show that my technique is improving.
This is the motif I am working on at the moment although that is not strictly true as I am taking a break from it. I have a hankering to do some Christmas cards and other Christmas decorations and I don’t want to leave it until late November as I did last year which is just too late. So I have got some cross-stitch kits and am having fun undertaking simple embroidery.
This is the image of the one I am working on at the moment but familiarity breeds contempt. I had whizzed along in the evenings and completed most of the bird’s body until I realised that I should have been using double thread and not single. I suppose it doesn’t seem that important but the single thread gives a very pale appearance. Anyway, I spent last night unpicking the whole thing – a good week of evenings work destroyed but I know it’s the right decision. I also have some ideas for Christmas tree decorations which I hope to have time for as well then its back to the Spring Trellis – maybe.