Wednesday, 7 May 2008

Karahana, Second Petal

A day at home recovering from a tummy upset gave me some unexpected stitching time. What could be nicer that stitching beside an open patio door with the warm of sun and a cool breeze pouring in and listening to the birds singing. Combined with the mesmerising rhythm of couching gold work, little wonder I was feeling totally chilled out by the time J came home from work with fish and chips for our dinner.

The round and round couching on this petal was stitched entirely wearing my new glasses. I don’t think that the stitching is quiet as good as the first petal, but I am determined to get used to them and not revert to wearing the Eschenbach, which I am sure do my eyes no favours.

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

I am still enjoying the couching but am wondering whether to take a break from it and work on Venerable Friends so that I do not become bored with it, or whether to press on while I am into it. If I continue, I am also wondering which petal to stitch next. If I do the one to the left of the first petal, all the large petals will be finished and I’ll only have small areas of couching left. On the other hand, if I do the two remaining petals on the right, one half of the flower will be complete. Decisions, decisions! I wonder if others waste time over trivial decisions the way I do!

Happy stitching


Christine said...

>>I am also wondering which petal to stitch next.<<

This is a good question which I also will have to answer. I'd lean towards doing the other large petal, to mimic the way we stitch cherry blossoms (head, hands, feet). These petals are upside down compared to a cherry blossom, but the one pointing down is definitely the main one, which I think of as a 'head'. Having said all this, I know so little, so you probably should ask your teacher. I'll be interested in your choice. Thanks again for your wonderful posts.

Kiwi Ellen said...

Oh my, I am in awe of your stitching, it is superb!

Anonymous said...

Hello fellow facebook friend! what i am curious about is how facebook decided we knew each other (spooky big brother stuff that is). this is beautiful as always.

Jackie said...

Karahana is coming on wonderfully, the glasses must be working okay. I have not done any more of mine at the moment.


Anonymous said...

Its beautfull and can't wait to see the real thing. Happy stitching from your friend Sue XX

MargB said...

Truly beautiful work - pleased that the new glasses are working