Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Camellias - Branches

I had made a start on the main branch in October but did not like what I had done so I removed it. All of the branches are done in twisted silk so my next task was to twist some threads. They are done almost entirely in one shade of brown, but I twisted two threads that combined a little bit of green with the brown; slightly more in one that the other. I used these two threads at the end of the branches nearest the calyxes to give a hint of green in the newest growth.

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

The branches are worked in Long and Short Stitch, more over they are done in RANDOM Long and Short Stitch. You know, that double headed monster that reduces me to a jibbering wreck! Well, the monster decided to play nicely and we had some fun together! Yes! I really did enjoy doing these branches. It’s like I finally accepted that you can’t put the stitches in the wrong place because it is RANDOM – there is no right or wrong place. How liberating is that?

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

Apart from the satisfaction I got from stitching the branches, I like how they bring everything together. At first you have a few flowers scattered about. The leaves then start to fill out the spaces and finally the branches bring balance and unity. I am beginning to really like this design.

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

Happy Stitching


Rachel said...

The hint of green is just right - well thought-of!
The moment when a piece seems to become a coherent whole is always a good one, isn't it...

Cynthia Gilbreth said...

It is absolutely beautiful! Twisting those flat threads looks like it is terribly difficult. You do the Japanese embroidery so well.

Susan Elliott said...

It's beautiful CA! Yes, I went back and all is well...I just can't find my bin of gold threads...a bit of a problem and I'm busy with a project and then we're going away for spring break...well, I probably shouldn't have started until after I get back but I'm glad I went. I've worked out a schedule to work on JE a couple days a week. That's all I can spare and still stitch on things for me.

You're coming down the home stretch now and it's gorgeous!!