Snip snip snip…

Having decided to remove the shaded stitching on the long, narrow leaves, I sat down to carefully snip them out. I had to remove three kinds of thread: the gold passing thread on the top, the Gilt Sylke Tiwst all around the edge and finally the tiny stitches of silk. For the gold and the GST, I used my goldwork scissors. I NEVER use my “regular” scissors for anything but embroidery thread – silk, wool or cotton.

I started to remove the stitches using my regular scissors but the stitches were so tiny and so tight that I was terrified I would cut the fabric so I stopped. Then I remembered a pair of scissors that one of my students brought to embroidery class – they would be perfect for this task! So I hot-footed it down to the shop and purchased the very last pair. Whew!

The scissors didn’t make the task easy, but they did make it slightly less difficult and a LOT less worrisome. The angle in the scissors meant that I didn’t have to point the tip towards the fabric to catch the thread. I could simply slide the tip under the thread and was therefore less likely to cut the fabric. Sometimes it’s great to have just the right tool for the job, isn’t it?

Once the stitches in the leaves were out, I restitched them in detached buttonhole using Gilt Sylke Twist. Detached buttonhole stitch is a fun stitch to do now that my confidence has grown. I keep forgetting how much fun it is to add a new stitch to your repertoire. Note to self – experiment with new stitches more often!

Above, you see the second motif stitched in blue. I’ve edged it with navy GST and will do the same with the blue flower at the top of the design. I want the overall design to look like a collection of jewels – dark sapphire blues, ruby reds, emerald greens, deep purples and, of course, gold.

Looking at the whole design, the bold colors look a bit disjointed and strident right now. When they are all stitched, I’m sure the balance will be beautiful.

This evening I’m going to work on the Marriage Pillowe. It’s so close to being finished and I’m missing the relaxed stitching of crewelwork. It isn’t so fiddly and fussy as the silk, GST and gold.

What are you stitching this week? What’s your most relaxing kind of embroidery? Why?

Oh! And thank you a million to all of you who contributed so far to our events calendar. Keep your eyes and ears open for classes and workshops throughout the year so each of us knows about all the opportunities out there to learn more and come together with one another!

5 thoughts on “Snip snip snip…

  1. The variations in texture create a great improvement!
    The whole piece will look much more coherent when you add the stems. It’s amazing the difference that can be made by a few line stitches!

  2. I STRICTLY have only 4 projects or less in my basket at a time, a crinoline lady is one for the moment. Surface embroidery is most relaxing for me. I am too hyper to deal with “fiddly” or repetitive embroidery, I would NEVER finish anything too fiddly.

  3. I enjoy hardanger, for me its a no brainer, very
    Relaxing! Next to that, I guess it would be surface
    Embroidery. I am enjoying the process on “T-cap”
    With silk and silk gylt although I’ve never used
    Silk gylt, I’m watching very closely!

  4. Your work looks great, another handy tool for undoing stitches is a mat knife! I like the ergonomic one, the super sharp tip allows you to get just the stitch (from the back of the work) and tweezers help pull the stitches loose!

  5. Hello,

    The results have exceeded my expecations.

    I am off to visit Sunnycroft to have a look at the embroidery with the courses to look forward to.

    On top of that I emailed Phillipa Turnbull and she is going to email me back about workshops – again I am looking forward to that.

    I was also exploring Shrewsbury and found a needlwork shop who are advertising Crewel Work classes. I am going to pop in and have a look at it

    Glad I found your blog.


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