And For My Next Trick…

Primrose in Silk complete

The Primrose in Silk  has been finished for some time. (This is not a very good photo, but it’s surprisingly hard to photograph – I’ve had several attempts.) It’s not a flawless piece of embroidery – but I’ve learnt a lot in the stitching of it. I enjoyed the process and I’m quite pleased with the finished result. In fact I enjoyed this silk work so much that I have just started a companion piece – with violets.

I couldn’t find a suitable design, so I made my own drawing. (It’s largely based on Mabel E Step’s illustration in Wayside and Woodland Blossoms Series I  by Edward Step, published in 1905, but I also used photos and other references.) It’s roughly the same size as the primrose and I’m using the same fine silk dupion and fine silk threads from Devere Yarns as well as some very old Gütermann silk buttonhole twist (divided into three strands). I am going to enjoy translating it into stitches. I hope I can make use of all the lessons I learnt from working the primrose, and I hope that I’ll learn some more skills in the process.

Violets in Silk, 1 - a start

I’ve been asked to list the various stitches used on the primrose, so here goes. The petals are in long and short stitch with an outline of stem stitch worked afterwards, the flower centre is a coiled bullion knot and the calyx is a mixture of fly stitch and stem stitch. The stems are filled with an under layer of diagonal satin stitches, covered with feather stitch and edged with stem stitch. Rather a long and loose stem stitch makes the midrib and veins of the leaves. The leaves are filled with French knots and outlined with stem stitch. The underside of the leaves and the main root are in chain stitch, with stem stitch again for the small roots. I think that’s all except for various odd stitches here and there to fill in gaps.

 

 

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9 Responses to “And For My Next Trick…”

  1. The primrose embroidery is beautiful! I can’t wait to see your progress with your dear little violets.

  2. I shall be paying great attention to your violets, because I know I shall be doing some myself soon!

  3. Oh Sue, your embroidery is perfect!

    • suetortoise Says:

      Not nearly perfect yet, Josie. Improving, I hope. Embroidery would become very boring if I had nothing left to learn.

  4. It’s just beautiful! I’m glad you are doing a companion piece. They will be so pretty together. I’m also glad that you learnt in doing the piece – that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it.

    • suetortoise Says:

      Learning, exploring and problem-solving keeps me interested, although sometimes it’s nice to just switch off the brain and stitch straightforward things for a change.

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