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…

Shaded snowdrop sample

Happy new year everyone!  I hope you all had a great holiday and are now raring to go. I’m starting the new year much as I finished the old one, with the snowdrop design, though for the last time (probably).  This final time, I’m going to do it in colour. So, here we go!  Tracing…

White snowdrop sample – cutting out and making up

Happy holidays everyone! I’d wanted to get this finished before the festivities and have just made it, so here we go. You know the drill by now: I painted the back of the stitches with diluted PVA glue, and after leaving it to dry overnight, could start to cut it out: And fully cut out,…

White snowdrop sample – filling in

Quite a lot of stitching but none of it very interesting, so I’ll cover it all in the one post.  Still using the same colour, I’ve filled in the entire design in what’s supposed to be long and short stitch but I suspect has really turned into split stitch.  No shading, just white. Here’s some…

White snowdrop sample – outline

For this I’m only using one colour: white: That’s Madeira stranded cotton no. 2401. Part of the outline in split stitch (against a black background so you can see it): And the rest: I’ll start to fill it in next.

White snowdrop sample

Same design, slightly different approach.  This time, I want to see how it works in white-on-white.  I’ll be using the same cut-out-and-apply technique so it’s not proper whitework, of course, but I’m interested to see how convincing – or otherwise! – it is. So starting out the same as before, tracing the design onto silver…

Silver snowdrop sample – completed

With the snowdrop cut out, I needed to stitch it to a background fabric, but as this is an experiment, I decided to try a completely different fabric to usual: net. Pinned to a square of white net: The pins all go over the stitching, not into it, and are enough to hold it in…

Silver snowdrop sample – cutting out

And now the bit I’ve really not been looking forward to: cutting it out.  It’s quite a fiddly design with quite a few skinny bits, so the potential for disaster is quite high. No photo of this bit, but as is now becoming routine, I painted over the back of the stitching with watered-down PVA…