Monday, 15 October 2007

Flutterbys - Long Time, No See

I took a days holiday today because I had an important appointment. Important to me, but obviously not to the other party as they cancelled this morning. I am irritated to waste my last days holiday for nothing, but looking on the bright side, I got a day of stitching.

It has been two weeks since I last put a stitch in my Flutterbys and I have missed them. I din't dare stitch on them when I was feeling so low and the last two weekends have been really busy, no stitching, but as soon as I knew I had a free day, I knew how I would be spending it.

All of my doubts have melted away (boy, am I glad that I didn't rip out all that stitching 10 days ago!) I am back in love with the purple, the colour that is, the thread is a different matter. Although all the colours are the same weight silk, from the same supplier, it is amazing the difference in handling. The palest pink silk is a dream, it almost lays itself. The purple is the complete opposite, it seems to fight me all the way (do you think it is trying to tell me something?) It won't lay nicely and snags as soon as you look at it. I have made a lot of mistakes and taken out almost as much as I have put in. It is still not perfect, but I decided to leave a mistake or two to remind me that I am not perfect - that is not an easy thing for a Virgo to admit.

Anyway, after several hours lost in horizontal and vertical foundations, she looks like this.

© Jennifer Ashley Taylor/Carol-Anne Conway

Happy Stitching


Melissa said...

I think it's looking beautiful! You are doing a great job! I have to remind myself of the same thing since I too have a tendency to want it perfect! LOL It's funny because sometimes I look at a work that I think is stunning and think I wouldn't have done this and that and those things are what make it stunning, it helps me to try and think outside of what I would normally do.

Charlene said...

It turned out beautifully, so the fight may have been worth it. I read someplace the other day that the direction in which you thread the needle makes a huge difference, and that made me wonder if you threaded from a different end of the skein than for the pink??

fleegle said...

Dear Coral Seas--

Thank you so much for your condolences--they mean a lot to me right now.

Um, your purple silk isn't flat and the edges are uneven. The white looks much better.

I will be giving a class in realistic effect in England next summer. Let me know if you want to go.

I will post embroideries at some point, but gotta get some knitting posts out of the way first. It's supposed to be a knitting blog...

Doreen G said...

Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment on my blog---and Charlene is right --there is a correct way to thread the needle and it makes all the difference.Drop me an e-mail- my address is on my blog and I will explain how you can tell.

Kate said...

You have another butterfly on its way to being fabulous. They are all wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing all the photos and how you've created the different looks. I've tagged you for a MeMe. The rules are on my blog.