A new project: same technique, for a stylised design of nasturtium flowers, leaves and seeds.
No stitching yet, but getting it set up ready. First, drawing over the design with ultra-fine Sharpies onto some gold organza:
With the drawing removed but still pinned onto backing paper:
I then painted this in, using diluted acrylic paints:
Peeled off the backing paper, mounted onto an embroidery frame, and ready for stitching:
At this stage in my last project, I had a query on why I painted the design. This is a good question, and the main reason is so that if there are any gaps in the stitching (I try to stitch quite thickly, but you never know!) the colour will still show through, not the light-coloured background fabric. In this case, with a rather fiddly design, it also helps keep me right – with lines going all over the place, I’m less likely to make a mistake when I have the colours to follow. Or that’s the theory, anyway!