A while ago I began a new project from Anna Scott called Sweet Honeysuckle. I purchased the last kit she had in stock about a year ago. However, the great news is that you can purchase the complete instructions from her Etsy shop for this project! On the shop page she lists all the materials you will need and none of them are difficult to find – in fact, you may even have most of them in your stash.
All of Anna’s kits are beautifully packaged and include everything you will need to complete the piece. I have another of her raised embroidery kits waiting for when I feel more confident of the techniques involved in embroidering a raised work piece. (Brother Rabbit, which you can see here. Isn’t is wonderful?!)
I find that often a good way to learn a new kind of embroidery or a completely new technique is to work from a kit. I know not all embroidery kits are equally good, but the ones I’ve used from Anna Scott, Jenny Adin-Christie, Nicola Jarvis and Phillipa Turnbull have been first class. In this case, Anna’s instruction from start to finish are crystal clear and she includes diagrams that are easy to understand.
Anna has introduced me to a different way of transferring the design to the fabric. She shows how to use tracing paper, a pencil and tacking stitches to transfer the design. It works a treat and didn’t involved a light box.
The area of the design is outlined in tacking stitches. The design is drawn on the reverse side of the tracing paper. The tracing paper is then turned over onto the fabric with the pencil lines on the fabric. When the design is redrawn on the other side of the tracing paper (the side you haven’t yet drawn on) the pressure of the pencil transfers the first drawing onto the fabric. Clever!
The first part to be embroidered are the stems of the flowers. A line of stitching is embroidered first, then wrapped with silk, which gives the stem a bit of thickness.
The next step is to wrap the stem with gold thread, which gives the stem some sparkle. I love sparkel!
The leaves are worked next. First the leaves are outlines. Then straight padding stitches are embroidered inside each leaf, first horizontally and then vertically. Lastly the satin stitches are put in over all the outline and padding.
The leaves have a pretty, slightly raised appearance when they are complete.
This is my first foray into raised embroidery and so far I like it and feel like I’ll be able to do it to a reasonable standard. There are many, many people doing raised work or stump work right now in the embroidery world and honestly, I was a bit nervous about trying it and, frankly, I don’t like all of it very much. Anna’s pieces are lovely and that motivated me to give raised work a go