Friday, February 6, 2009
Embroidering and embellishing - and then off for a week!
This is an embroidery whatiffing on a Swedish medieval deer - I found a picture in a museum leaflet and wanted to try it out with the modern technique of the embellisher.
The background is again linen (or a mixture of linen and other materials, like for curtains ...), this time quite a rough one, punched on woolen cloth - then I drew the outlines with a pencil and embellished dark wool for the foundation - take a look at the lower horns, which I've left unembroidered so you can see.
I then embroidered three layers of fly stitch on the body and legs - one thick and one medium red thread from that tassel, finally a layer with normal red sewing thread - some black wool in satin stitch for the hoofs - brown wool in stem stitch for the outlines - finally couching stitch in green/blackish/red wool for the horn.
Afterwards I punched it slightly once more to "melt it in" to the background.
These flowers are taken from pictures of Swedish carved butter molds from the 16th/17th century - I've stitched them with that gorgeous package string (see previous posting) in split stitch - accompanied by couching stitch (red wool with crosses in handspun linen yarn) and chain stitch (handdyed and -spun green/yellow wool) with green backstitch (here I've used green darning yarn).
Ah - and yes: I'll be off the blog now for a week - I'm going to Sara, she's invited me to stay and work with her - and I'm so proud and so excited, I can't tell ...