Spring is in the air today! The sun is shining and I have the window open. Outside there are children playing and birds singing. All of this has put me in the mood to do something with bright colors and flowery designs. Something like what you see below.
This design comes from the book Embroidery Masterworks:classic patterns and techniques for contemporary application by Virginia Churchill Bath. You can read my review of it here. The original was worked on linen using wool thread. It was done almost entirely in chain stitch.
I’ll be using 32 Zweigart linen stitched with DMC cotton a broder (or floche a broder) in clear, bright colors.
The design printed in the book is only half of the total. One must copy and then reverse the design to create the whole. Each half is a mirror image the other. What I am NOT looking forward to is transferring the design on to the fabric. I imagine it will take quite a long time and it looks complicated. Lots of room for mistakes. Rather than using my usual micron pen, I may use a pencil so that if I make a mistake, I can get it out of the fabric before I begin. Not that I’m planning to make a mistake but I’d rather be super careful than super sorry later!
Here are the colors I’ve chosen for the project. You can see that they are far more vibrant that the ones in the original. I’ve worked with cotton a broder only a few times. I know that it is fabulous for satin stitch, split and fly stitch (you can see it on my Winter Linen project here). What I’ve not done with this thread is shading of any kind. That will be one of the experiments I will be doing as I work on this project.
It seems like the perfect thing to be working on as spring unfolds and, who knows, maybe it will be done before summer begins!