Saturday, 24 November 2007

Pointed Petal Flower

While the box chart gave one method for completing the centre of the ‘Pointed Petal Flower’, during the morning lecture Tamura-san gave a detailed description of an alternative method. It was difficult to miss his obvious desire that some of us attempt the ‘mischievous effect’ that he himself had devised. The central circle of the flower is already divided into a grid on the printed design. In both the box chart and the alternative method the first step is to work round knots in the center of each square.

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

Step two differed according to which design you chose to stitch. The box chart called for a blister stitch to be worked over each round knot but Tamura-san’s alternative method suggested working a weft layer foundation over the entire motive before working step three.

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

For both methods, Step 3 is to stitch the grid in #1 gold and to couch the intersections with a small straight stitch.

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

I am a bit of a teacher’s pet, but also I like to experiment with something new so there are no surprises as to which method I chose!

Happy Stitching


Christine said...

What a nice technique - thanks for posting this. Your work is beautiful. How is the fabric to stitch on? I have yet to work on a metallic.

Christine (Phase II-III), USA.

KV said...

We have been traveling this week so I am only just catching up on all your Cambridge class posts. It is so grand of you to explain and show us these techniques.

Looking forward to the next instalment!

Kathy V in NM

Melissa said...

I love the texture it gives the center of the flower.

coral-seas said...

Thank you all for your comments.

Christine, blogger does not appear to have a profile for you. Do you have a blog, I would love to see your work?

KV, hope you have had a good trip, next instalment coming up.

Melissa, the texture is great and much more pronounced than the pic suggests, I can see me using this again.