The final completed piece is of wild roses:
This is worked in long and short stitch, then applied to a background of ivory cotton velvet.
I’ve covered in detail elsewhere the techniques I use for these pieces, but as a quick recap: the design is traced onto a gold organza, just a cheap fabric, outlined in split stitch and filled in in long and short stitch. Once that’s done, I paint the back of the stitching with a dilute solution of PVA glue and leave it to dry completely; this gives the embroidery extra body and prevents any unravelling in the next stage, which is to cut away and discard all the organza, just leaving the actual embroidery behind. This is then stitched to the background fabric, giving the finished piece you can see above.
This might seem a bit long-winded, but it does give a good effect, and I think it’s worth the extra effort.
I’m now up to date with completed work, but I’m working on a new project (of course!), so I’ll show that to you when it’s finished.