Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Petal Two, Take Two

This is how I first stitched petal two.

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

There are several things that I feel are wrong with it. Firstly, the change in the thickness of thread between the first and second row of stitches is too great. The second row of stitches begin too far from the outer edge leaving a wide band of the first row still showing and all of the bands of stitches are uneven and inconsistent. I realised that things were going wrong possibly from the first row and certainly from the second. There are too many stitches on the first row especially on the right hand side, they are too close together. As a consequence, I had to use a thinner thread for the second row but it looks spindly compared to the first row. Even with the thinner thread, I struggled to fit the stitches in on the right and this was amplified on each subsequent row.

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

I paid more attention to the spacing of the stitches in the first row second time around. Looking at the macro picture, I can see that two of the long stitches on the right-hand side are at a rakish angle but that is no so apparent with the naked eye.

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

Because I had not crowded the stitches this time, I did not have to reduce the thickness of the thread for the second row. That rogue stitch is quite obvious in this shot!

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

The bands created by the rows of stitching are much more even and consistent this time and I am much happier with the petal now.

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

I think that I learnt alot from stitching this petal poorly and then using what I had learnt to rectify my mistakes. I think that I may finally be making some progress with this technique.

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

Happy Stitching


Rachel said...

Thank you for sharing your struggles with this - it helps us all to learn about technique.

Elmsley Rose said...

This is funny - I'm reading all my blogs after Rachel has already put comments in *grin* (She's a great friend of mine).

I'd also add that the big change in hue (is it hue?) from the dark orange to the pale - that's always hard to blend. I had terrible trouble with some purples on a Poppy piece I did. The dark colour makes every stitch in the lighter colour stand out so much!

Jane said...

Looking good to me. Very nice curve on those petals.

Plays with Needles said...

It's funny. The whole time I read this, I wondered how badly I had botched my pansies! My brain doesn't evaluate stitches quite like yours does...I think I stitch more for feel and finished result and less technically...I'm afraid to go look...