Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Camellias, flower 2

When I had completed the petals of the first flower at the end of day two, one of my tutors asked if I wanted to move onto midare-sashinui next. I definitely was not!

Instead I opted to do the left hand flower. It is worked midare-sashinui, the same as the first flower, but this one is padded and worked in flat silk. The advantage of working in flat silk is that the silk spreads slightly and fills the space between stitches. The disadvantage of working in flat silk is that the silk spreads slightly and fills the space between stitches! That is the paradox of working with flat silk.

Each of the petals is padded on the outer edge. The laid stitches of padding cotton are quite long so they are held in place with a couching thread stitched in a lattice pattern.

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

The first petal went in surprisingly well but it took me all day to do all of the padding and stitch one petal!

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

Since returning home I have had very little time for serious embroidery (I am very busy at work and that is taking most of my time and energy) but I have managed to stitch two more petals.

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

I don’t like the way that the second petal looks but I learnt so much in stitching it that it was worth continuing with even when I knew that it was going wrong. I left it in for reference while I stitched the next petal.

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

This one I am pleased with, so now I will reverse stitch the bad one and try again.

Happy Stitching


meri said...

Beautiful! Just beautiful!

Rachel said...

It's always satisfying to know that you have learnt something, even if you have trouble with the work itself!

Radka said...

I like coming back to your blog to see your stitching, it is so beautiful:))

Elmsley Rose said...

Just gorgeous! I love the dark red edged flower!