Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Floral Glove, finished

I have finally finished my Floral Glove Scissor Case. I feel like this project has taken me a very long time. Indeed, it has been my evening project since April and, although I have not worked on it solidly, it has taken a great many (uncounted) hours of work.

© Thistle Threads/Carol-Anne Conway

I seriously underestimated how much work this would be, especially the finishing. I am not complaining at the amount of time invested. The project was part of an online course offered by Thistle Threads that extended over six months. The embroidery materials were sent at the beginning of the course and a further pack of finishing supplies was sent later. The instructions were released for down load in monthly instalments together with a history section. The cost of the course, at $35 per month, was not trivial but I think I’ve had good value for money. The materials are all of the finest quality. The instructions are comprehensive with both written directions and lots of step-by-step photographs. The history section is equally comprehensive with each month taking a detailed look at the materials and techniques used to create the exquisite Stuart period gauntlets that inspired this project.

Thistle Threads
listed this course under their On-line University so I think that it is reasonable for the project itself to be substantial and challenging. It was naive of me to imagine I could complete it in 3 or 4 weeks! In fairness, I have dragged my feet over the finishing part. This is my least favourite part of any project. I’ve pushed myself to do it (by banning myself from starting my next project until it was done) and I am very glad that I did. Not only do I love the finished article but I have learned some useful finishing methods along the way.

© Thistle Threads/Carol-Anne Conway

Tricia of Thistle Threads has said that she will offer this course again if there is sufficient interest. If you are remotely interested in taking this course, contact Tricia. I’ve learnt a lot from the course and highly recommend it.

© Thistle Threads/Carol-Anne Conway

Happy Stitching


Elmsley Rose said...

Beautiful, tho you're not the first person I've heard make low, moaning noises re the finishing....

Now, where to display it??

Susan Elliott said...

Exquisite! It's beautifully wrought my dear...and congratulations to you for pushing through the finish. It was worth it!!

Jeannine 520 said...

Beautiful! Your work is exquisite. I'm not a fan of finishing either. I gave it a shot 2 years ago and destroyed my piece in the fight.

Rachel said...

It looks fabulous, and I second all you say about the course. I've learnt a lot, and enjoyed almost all of it too!

Radka said...


Anonymous said...

It looks superb - well worth all the angst in the finishing!

Lisa said...

This is absolutely stunning! I've longed to try this kind of embroidery--I have a huge collection of "Inspirations" magazines, but I haven't actually started anything. Your work is truly inspiring!