Oak leaves – setting up

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:

Oak leaf embroidery design drawn onto fabric

Oak leaf embroidery design

And with the paper with the design on removed, showing the design on the fabric, still pinned onto a board:

Oak leaf design drawn onto fabric

Oak leaf design drawn onto fabric

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:

Oak leaf design painted onto fabric

Oak leaf design painted onto fabric

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:

Oak leaves design ready to stitch

Oak leaves design ready to stitch

Ready to stitch!

2 comments on “Oak leaves – setting up
  1. For a similar reason as working goldwork over yellow felt: if there are any gaps in the stitching, the colour of the paint will show through and not the colour of the fabric. By providing a background of the correct colour, it should give a more even finish overall. Or that’s the theory, anyway!

    It also acts as a handy reminder of what colour goes where, much like tapestry designs ready-printed onto fabric to stitch.

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