Royal Persian Blossom

Royal Persian Blossom

Royal Persian Blossom

I have mixed feelings about finishing the Royal Persian Blossom project. The overwhelming emotion is pride and a close second is amazement; pride that I finished it in a reasonable amount of time and astonishment that I stitched something that was rather difficult. The first post about this piece went on to the site on […]


Royal Persian Blossom – almost done…

Royal Persian Blossom - almost done...

This weekend all I did was stitch. Well, almost all I did. Grocery shopping, laundry, ironing – the usual weekend chores. My darling husband did his fair share and a big part of mine as well so I could stitch more. It’s now late Sunday afternoon and I cannot continue stitching. My concentration is shot. […]


Racing towards the finish

Racing towards the finish

Usually I’m pretty relaxed about getting a project finished. I love every stitch and am sorry to be done with each piece. I ‘ll be sorry to be finished with the Royal Persian Blossom project, too…but I also can’t wait to see it completed! I’ve been working on the last components, all of which are […]


Royal Persian Blossom trellis

Royal Persian Blossom trellis

Laid and couched work is one of my favorite ways to fill a large space. With careful planning and the right tools it goes quickly and smoothly. The laid and couched work in the large curved shape of the Royal Persian Blossom project combines two trellis patterns, cross stitches over the intersecting points of one […]


Gentle shading – Royal Persian Blossom

Gentle shading - Royal Persian Blossom

This is the most subtle long and short shading I’ve done so far. The two shades of blue are very close so the shading isn’t as obvious as it is in other places in the Royal Persian Blossom design. Did this make a difference in how I stitched it? Well, yes and no. Usually long […]


Royal Persian Blossom: details make a difference

Royal Persian Blossom: details make a difference

As I worked through the different sections of the Royal Persian Blossom project, I decided to leave the little, tiny detail stitches until later. I wanted to get the big areas stitched so I could feel that I was making progress. Yesterday I reached a point where it was logical to go back and add […]


Royal Persian Blossom – right or left?

Royal Persian Blossom - right or left?

I’ve been working on the Royal Persian Blossom project over the last few days. It’s quite soothing to be back to crewel work after the demanding silk work of Trevilian’s Cap. One of the reasons I have multiple projects going at once is so I can move from one technique to another. The satin stitch […]


Laying tool or scootching tool?

Laying tool or scootching tool?

First, a definition: scootch – to move a small amount without standing up (of a person) or lifting from a surface (of an object). In this case, scootch without lifting the object, namely, the thread. I’m moving along on the Royal Persian Blossom project and finished another section yesterday. The flowers, stem and leaves were […]


A little satin stitched leaf

A little satin stitched leaf

The Royal Persian Blossom project has quite a few satin stitched leaves with stem stitch veins running up the center.  The first four turned out really well so today I’ll show you how I stitched them. Some of you will remember my first failed attempt at satin stitch flower petals. I had decided that since […]


Improvement on Saturday’s work

Improvement on Saturday's work

Of course it all had to start with picking something out. Specifically, the blue curved shape on the right that was so obviously not symmetrical with the one on the left side. One of the great things about buttonhole stitch is that it’s quick and easy to pull out and damage to the fabric is […]


Sometimes…LOOK at the picture!

Sometimes...LOOK at the picture!

Sometimes I get so involved in the little area of a project I’m stitching that I lose sight of the big picture. Usually, this results in better workmanship since I’m focused on making every stitch as beautiful and perfectly placed as I can. But looking at the picture (as in the photo of the finished […]


It’s fixed and moving along

  It's fixed and moving along

Before today’s post I’d like to say thank you to everyone who sent me congratulations and well done wishes! What a great community you are! Vielen Dank! (many thanks!) and Liebe Grusse (lovely greetings) Kathy The uneven curve is fixed on the Royal Persian Blossom piece. It really only took a few minutes to take […]


Rats! Double rats!

Rats! Double rats!

I just didn’t see it until I stood up to take a photo and then…Rats and double rats. The pattern wasn’t drawn onto the fabric symmetrically. (Drawn by me, I must add.) Nope, it’s wonky, off kilter, uneven and just plain not right.And I didn’t see it until I stitched it. Grrrrrrr. Working from this […]


I’m getting the hang of this!

I'm getting the hang of this!

This bit of long and short shading was a piece of cake and I learned a new technique for adding ‘highlights’ to the shading at the edges. The shape was a much simpler shape to stitch. It has five petal shapes, each one coming to a point with only gentle curves. I’m a long way […]


Long and Short Shading in 6 shades of blue

Long and Short Shading in 6 shades of blue

The Long and Short Shading was really fun! It was really rewarding! This took … hours! Going slowly, stopping frequently, standing back to look at what I’d done all helped this part of the Royal Persian Blossom turn out beautifully. It was also  v e r y   s l o w  stitching. If I had […]


1, 2, 3…here I go!

1, 2, 3...here I go!

I admit it – I’m apprehensive about all this long and short shading, with lots of curves in small areas. Maybe apprehensive isn’t the right word… I’m really nervous! I don’t want to ruin the linen by pulling stitches out over and over again. I don’t want to waste thread by pulling stitches out over […]


Slowly, slowly

Slowly, slowly

The berries across the top of the Royal Persian Blossom project are done. And that’s ALL I’ve gotten done in the last week. Between rearranging my studio and playing with the design for the plate project (as yet to be named), I haven’t put needle to fabric for as much time as I wish. Padded […]


Padded satin stitch two ways

Padded satin stitch two ways

Crewel work is all I’m doing right now and I’m loving it. The weather is getting cooler so the texture of the yarn is perfect and, since both designs are so gorgeous, it’s a pleasure to make every stitch. Coincidentally this weekend, both projects were at a point where I was doing padded satin stitch […]


Wrong to right – whew!

Wrong to right - whew!

This looks better, doesn’t it? Allowing for the different color of wool I’ve chosen, it’s more like the photo of the original. My work is above, the original is below. You can see the difference the thickness of the yarn makes in the final look of the stitching. Heathway yarn is a finer spin so […]


This is just all wrong…

This is just all wrong...

Most of yesterday afternoon was spent working on the “Spray Stem Leaf” section of the Royal Persian Blossom project. I was apprehensive about this area for two reasons: firstly, it is my least favorite part of the design (the shading looks awkward) and I wasn’t sure how to tackle long and short shading in such […]


Tricks for a smooth, curved button hole border

Tricks for a smooth, curved button hole border

Whenever it’s time for me to work an area in button hole stitch, I always have to look again at my trusty Embroidery Stitch Bible to remember how to get started. It’s just one of those stitches that I can’t quite remember how to do. Once I get started, it’s no problem … except when […]


I can SEE the improvement!

I can SEE the improvement!

Schritt für schritt auf Deutsch. Step by step in English. It’s coming along nicely and the variation in the stitching keeps things interesting. The last bit I’ve done includes both couched trellising and long and short stitch. The trellising is made of two square grid patterns. The first trellis runs vertically and horizontally and the […]


Elements of composition

Elements of composition

The shapes on the Royal Persian Blossom are filling up beautifully. Each of the leaf shapes is worked with a different filling – some simple, some complex. The variety is interesting and stitching this has helped me to see all the different ways one can fill a shape. The shape next to the “cobbled dots” […]


Simple but very effective

Simple but very effective

Sometimes the simplest design elements are the most effective. Think of the Nike swoosh: a curved line that communicates speed and skill and is instantly recognizable all over the world. These seeds may not ever be that famous, but they are a beautifully simple and very effective way of filling the seeded leaf shape. These […]