St Cuthbert’s Flowers: everything else

Apologies for not having posted anything in ages, but I’m back now.  Even if I wasn’t blogging I was sewing, and have finished the St Cuthbert’s Flowers panel.  As I’ve kept you waiting far too long already I won’t drag it out any further – this post will cover the rest of the project to…

The very last wood avens

An even shorter post than last time, I’m afraid, as I’ve about run out of things to say about the flowers by now.  So, in amongst the latest crop of domestic catastrophes (my oven burst into flame, and subsequent investigations have turned up some expensive wiring problems), I have managed to battle on with the sewing….

Second-last wood avens

A very quick post: there are a lot more wood avens on this panel, and I’m doing them on two sheets.  Here’s the first, with the green sepals stitched: Then with the yellow petals: And completed, with the central area filled in with French knots: There are (obviously) six flowers on this sheet, but just…

The last pearlworts

Things are still very busy at work so I haven’t managed to nearly as much sewing as normal, but I have done a bit here and there, and so do have something to show you. As this is the final panel, I can start ticking off the ‘lasts’, starting with the last sheet of pearlworts….

Wood avens

Another quick Banner update for you: I’ve now finished the sheet with all this panel’s wood avens on: I’ve made a start on the next one I’m doing, the first of the two foxgloves, so I should have that to show you shortly. It’s coming along, isn’t it!

Starting the third panel

Back to the beginning again, with the third panel, the right hand one this time.  First up, a sheet with all the pearlworts for this panel: Can you spot the not-so-deliberate mistake?  If you can, you’re doing better than me, as I’d taken the linen off the frame and put it away in the cupboard…

Gibside Chapel

You’ve been following me for some time now using split stitch to give (hopefully!) realistic shading to the Banner’s flowers, but I’ve also used it for some small landscapes, including one of Gibside Chapel. Gibside, on the outskirts of Gateshead, is now a National Trust property; most of the buildings are sadly now ruined, but…

Wood avens – petals and centres

I’ve finished the second sheet of wood avens. After buttonhole stitching round the edges of the petals: I added the first band of stitches in the palest shade.  I put more in than last time, to give a slightly more pronounced effect: Then a band with one strand of the paler and one of the…

French knots

Having completed the petals, I now need to fill in the space in the centre of each flower, and I’m going to do this using French knots. From photos, the middle of the wood avens’ centre area is a light green, surrounded by a darker yellow, so I’m going to use Madeira 1410, the lighter…