The final, FINAL sheet of flowers

Well, the big day is finally here: I have finished stitching all of the flowers for the Banner.  This is momentous enough to be documented in detail, I think, so here goes.

The last sheet of flowers to do is the cowslip that’ll go in the centre of the top panel:

I outlined the cups at the base of the individual flowers in buttonhole stitch in Madeira stranded cotton 1409, and added detail in split stitch, using three strands of 1410:

I then filled in the rest of the cups in split stitch, using two strands of 1409:

I then outlined the flowers themselves, using Madeira 0105:

To give a sense of the ‘inside’ of the flower, I filled in the central section of each one in a slightly darker shade, 0106:

I then added shading, using one strand of 0106 and one of 0105:

And filled in the rest of the flowers with 0105:

I then filled in the little gaps that are too small and fiddly to cut out in red, Madeira 0510 (you can’t tell when they’re on the velvet background, honest!):

Then the same process for the leaves – the outlines, in Madeira 1410:

The leaf veins, in three strands of 1412:

And then filling in the rest, using a combination of 1411 and 1410, to give a shaded effect:

And that’s it!  No more flowers.  Wow.  I still have to add them to the background fabric and do all the goldwork, of course, but all the same, this is a major milestone.  Not long to go now!

6 comments on “The final, FINAL sheet of flowers
  1. @Elmsley Rose: I haven’t really got anything planned – after all this time, it’s hard to imagine life without the Banner. There’s a UK Embroiderers’ Guild national project for the Olympic year that I’d like to do something for, but other than that, I’m not sure. I need to start making plans!

    @coral-seas: yes, the finishing line is now almost in sight, though not quite. Making the Banner up is going to be a bit of a job in itself, so keep reading!

  2. I just discovered that if you scroll quickly down this post, it’s kinda like the flowers are coming to life, as the outline, centres etc are added. Cool effect! *grin*

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