After the detour into goldwork, I’m back to a long-and-short project again now. I want to try something a bit different with the background this time, but that’s a long way off – I need to do the actual embroidery first.
This design features stylised, rather exaggerated oak leaves. Here’s the design with some gold organza pinned over it, and drawn over with green and brown ultra-fine Sharpies:
And with the paper with the design on removed, showing the design on the fabric, still pinned onto a board:
I use Sharpies as they’re colour-fast and don’t run in the next stage, which is to paint in the design with watered-down acrylic paints:
The brown paint has run quite a bit, I’m not sure why – maybe I’d watered it down too much? – but as the (intentionally) coloured bits will be covered with stitching and the rest will be cut away, that’s just a minor annoyance rather than a disaster, so I’m just going to leave it as it is.
Peeled off the backing paper and stretched onto a frame:
Ready to stitch!