Friday, 6 April 2012

Camellias - finished

The last flower was not the final last thing on Camellias. Three leaves remained. These were outlined with a couched line of gold thread.

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway 

When I look back on my journey with Camellias it has been the most difficult since I began Japanese embroidery but also probably the most rewarding because I have climbed a mountain.

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway 

At the outset, it is no exaggeration to say that I was terrified on long and short stitch and even more scared of random long and short stitch. It seems ridiculous to talk about being afraid of a technique but that is exactly how I felt.

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway 

The best way to tackle your fears is to face them head on and over the past year I have done 3 online courses that covered long and short stitch as well as stitching Camellias. I don’t feel that I mastered this technique but I have overcome my fear of it.

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway 

Indeed, I have come to relish the challenge!

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway 

Camellias: 110 hours

Happy Stitching


Moonsilk Stitches said...

Wow! that is just gorgeous. Doesn't it feel great to challenge yourself and overcome those fears? Or at least chip away at them. Thanks for sharing your journey.

Cynthia Gilbreth said...

What a beautiful piece, and so well executed. You should be very proud of yourself. I just love the red and white camellia, and the gold outlined leaves.

Sue said...

Beautiful whats next :-) Sue X

Rachel said...

It doesn't seem unreasonable to be nervous of LSS to me - I share the sensation - but like you I think I'm beginning to get to grips with it!

Cath said...

Well done for overcoming your fears and completing it. The outcome is a beautiful piece of stitching

Sandy said...

Oh, lovely - and that left-hand middle flower just _glows_!

Maria del Valle said...

It's very beautiful and well done!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh, the points are very, very regular, well done you really are very talented Carol Anne. Congratulations

CyberJulka said...

It's amazing! I love your work!

Hugs from Poland!

Cyber Julka