Today I started on the honeysuckle flowers! I used one strand of floss and did tiny thin lazy daisy stitches and then added some yellow pistol stitches. It's so hard to see in the photo because they are so tiny and it's blending into the background fabric(especially the ity-bity pistol stitches), but in person it looks just right for bunches of honeysuckle flowers!
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Two bullions per leaf, and so far I have seven sets of leaves completed which adds up to 28 bullions in just this little area! I had to call it a day at this point! LOL My original idea is to have the honeysuckle flowers be out of bullions too but I'm thinking they might be too large if I do in comparison to the leaves, so I might go with some tiny lazy daisy stitches instead. Not sure yet but I still have a ton of leaves left to finish before I get to adding the flowers.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
I traced him onto quilters paper and then stitched through the paper and tearing it away when finished.
I don't really like using the quilters paper but sometimes it really is the best option. The patch of fabric is one of those kind of fabrics that you can't draw on because it will snag and ink will run, an iron-on isn't a good option on a crazy quilt either...so quilters paper it was. LOL I really hate tearing it away! There's always the water solvable Solvy but that wasn't viable either since crazy quilts aren't really made for getting wet either, especially this one. And plastic is even worse to tear away than the quilters paper.
So does anyone else have a method that they really dislike but use anyway because it works and is usually the best option?
I stitched him in using different threads for the different areas, his wings are a variegated brown thread, and his fluffy area is a metallic thread, as well as his beak. His eye is a little black sequin with a tiny seed bead.
I love how it seems that the lady in the silkie is looking at him!
Next I'm going to add some tiny honeysuckle vines in the background of this yellow patch.
Friday, October 19, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012
I used to fiercely focus on projects working for hours and hours to get it done, but lately I've been taking another approach by only taking a couple hours a day to work. So it seems that I don't get as much done but it's really just slow and steady progress. I guess you could say tortoise instead of hare? LOL I want to try this out and see if instead of stop and go if I keep up with a more steady pace, which is why I've been trying to upload my daily progress instead of big stops at the finish of one whole motif etc. I don't even know if I really have any readers left after such long absences that have been common in the last few years. So I figure it doesn't matter if it's boring to see such little increments of progress, it will help me try and keep up a steady pace so it's worth a shot. Why not? What could it hurt? And so that's why I've started blogging again like this. ;D
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
I started adding beads to the lace, and started forming a rose motif in silk ribbon embroidery. I added a red seed bead in special places in the roses. The more open looking larger bud is a new creation I made as I went. It started out a lazy daisy to which I added ribbon stitches to the sides and one to the middle and then added loops at the base.
I used some thread to baste a sketch so I will have an idea how to fill in the rest of the motif.