Nasturtium roundel – outlining the design

Off we go with the stitching, starting with outlining the motifs in the design in a single line of split stitch using two strands of Madeira stranded cotton in appropriate colours. For this project I’m using green in three shades, 1410, 1411 and 1412, for the leaves and 1409 for the stems and seeds: Yellow…

Oak leaves – stems and acorns

I’m finishing off the embroidery today! For the stems, I used Madeira stranded cotton no. 2213 for a bit of highlighting and 2214 for filling in the rest: For the acorns, I used 2208, again for highlighting, and 2209 for the rest: And that’s the embroidery done!  Right at the start, I mentioned that I…

Oak leaves – third and final green

Finishing off the leaves with the final shade of green.  This is comprised of one strand of Madeira stranded cotton 1411 and one of 1412, filling in all the space left. The first leaf: And the second: And the third: The veins up the centre of the leaf look dark, but that’s just shadow cast…

Plantagenet Wreath – roses (part I)

Just the roses left to embroider. You may remember that when we looked at the colours to be used for the roses, it included a shade of pink, Madeira stranded cotton no. 0303.  Although the roses are going to be (mostly) white, I’m using a bit of pink too. The stylised rose design has a…

Plantagenet Wreath – outlining the roses

The last bit of outlining, this time for the roses. These are quite fiddly, involving three stages and colours: That pink shade will actually come into its own later; for the outlining I’m using the yellow and off-white, and the darkest of the three shades of green we looked at earlier. Firstly, the centres of…

Plantagenet Wreath – outlining the flowers

The stems are outlined, and next it’s the broom flowers.  These have a small pale green cap at the base, which are going to be worked in the lightest shade of the greens we looked at last time, 1401. There are 100 broom flowers – that doesn’t have any significance, it’s just a result of…

Plantagenet Wreath – outlining the stems

Annoyingly, I forgot to take a photo of the fabric off the paper it had been on when it was painted and put onto a frame ready to start, so we’ll just have to skip that bit and go straight to it with some stitching on. I’m not going to be doing much in the…

Shaded snowdrop – stems

Just the stems to go.  Using the lighter of the two shades of green, Madeira no. 1410, I added a few stitches in highlight areas: I then extended these areas using one strand of 1410 and one of the darker shade, 1411: I then filled in the rest in 1411: Finished!  Cutting out and making…

Shaded snowdrop – flowers and roots

With the outline done, time to start filling in.  The snowdrop flowers first, using Madeira stranded cotton no. 2402.  I’m not doing any shading here, just the off-white: The stems and leaves are going to be slightly more involved so I’ll come back to them; roots next to get them out of the way: The…

Shaded snowdrop sample – outlining

With the design marked onto the fabric, it’s time to start stitching.  This time, I’m going for naturalistic colours: That’s Madeira stranded cotton no. 2402 (off white) for the snowdrop flowers, 1410 and 1411 for the leaves and stems, and 2114 for the roots. I outlined the flowers with spilt stitch first: It’s not that…