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. It’s been great – all 10 hours or more – but I’m completely done in. How DO the professional embroiderers do it?

It’s so close to being finished, but I can’t concentrate any more and I’ve come to a part that will take lots of concentration. The anthers, or as I call them, the balloons at the top of the design are the very last things to do. They will have to wait until tomorrow.

Here’s some long and short shading…

which then  was bordered with stem stitch. The blue lifts the gold and makes everything look so sunny.

I just love the blue with the yellowy golds; it’s such a beautiful color combination.

With the lightest blue thread on the outside and the darkest on the inside, it looks like the leaf shape has real depth. This is probably my favorite bit of the whole piece; it’s the colors and the combinations of the different stitches, especially the trellis.

The little branches with buds and flowers are sweet.

It’s all done – except the anthers. As you can see, the shading is a bit more complicated than usual. The small comma shaped area in the middle is to be stitched with the lightest shade of gold. It is then surrounded with a medium shade of gold and the darkest shade of gold is at the bottom of each anther.

I completely understand the concept and what it should look like when it’s finished, I can’t think of how to do the shading right now so it’s smooth. It’s those lightest parts I’m worried about doing well. I’ve only done long and short shading when it moves from darkest to lightest or vice versa, never when there is a lightest shade smack in the middle of a darker shade.

Tish Burr uses this kind of shading in the Moroccan Plums project in her new book Color Confidence in Embroidery. Her instructions are very clear and I’m sure I can do it tomorrow when I’m not so tired and my brain is working clearly again. However, The Unbroken Thread community does have a huge amount of collection knowledge so…

Any tips for me out there? Advise? Help!?

14 thoughts on “Royal Persian Blossom – almost done…

  1. I also have had a stitching weekend, 5 hours yesterday, another 5 today. I was hoping to finish Camellias but I knew that was not a very realistic hope. I estimate that I have about 10 hours stitching still to do. It is my eyes that have called time, they are very sore. I probably should have stopped 2 hours ago 🙂

    Your golds and blues are so beautiful and I think this is my favourite part of the design also. It looks amazing. Good luck with the anthers. I am sure you will be fine when your brain is rested. I look forward to reading how you tackle them. Sorry I don’t have any wise words to offer you on how to go about it.

  2. This looks so nice!

    On my computer it looks like shades of brown— is it actually yellows? Lately I’ve been loving blue with golden-oranges, but I don’t see that in this.

    I’m impressed with your perseverance…

  3. I suspect it’s the fact that professional embroiderers are accustomed to it. They probably also take regular breaks to stop the back and the eyes seizing up!

    I’d be inclined to get some different threads and a practice cloth and try one of those anthers separately, to get a grip on where the problems are likely to be..

  4. Hi Kathy,
    I love what you are doing, and like you, my favourite is the trellis work. The combination of blues and gold on the whole piece is gorgeous.
    Thanks for sharing.

  5. Hi Kathy,

    I think it is absolutely fabulous and so inspiring. My favourite part too, is the trellis work. The combination of blues, golds and purples is just stunning.

    Professional Embroiderers take regular eye breaks and build up to long stitching sessions.

    Keep up the wonderful work. You inspire many of us, and it is fascinating to read about it in your blog.

    Your diligence is commendable.

  6. Kathy,

    As ever, your stitching is just lovely. You really make me hanker to be home stitching instead of being at work, bored out of my mind. 🙂

    Did you ever use the Millenium frame from Needle Needs yet? I saw the post on Mary Corbet, and wondered if you had used it for the embroidery…I really love the look of the frame and thought of getting the little one to start with.

    Looking forward to the pics of the finished piece!

    Hugs and Love,

    • Hi Jennifer,

      Thank you very much! Being at work vs being at home stitching…I understand! I’m not bored at work and I love teaching music, but there are many, many days when I long for the peace and quiet of stitching.

      On April 4 I’m visiting the Millennium frame workshop in Somerset, England. You can look for a post about it here, with photos, sometime in early April. I’ll be tryng a frame and stand to see if they work for me and I’ll let you know. Because I’m 6 ” 1″ I can’t assume any stand is the right height so I’m really glad I can go and try it out in person!

      Liebe Grusse,

  7. Kathy,

    I had no idea you were so tall! 🙂 It must be difficult for you to get comfortable when stitching regardless of the frames you work on. 🙁

    I eagerly await your analysis of the frame and stand. I plan on living through you, just so you know! LOL

    Hugs and Love,

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