Three Orchid Petals

My latest hand embroidery piece is now finished. It hangs in an circular hoop. The outline for the piece is more or less the same as for an earlier piece – Out of Mexico.  I liked the basic shape and the idea of keeping the finished piece in the hoop frame. Here is the finished work. IMG_7997

As with the previous piece I have used various Blackwork patterns. The fabric is a 28 count Brittney in Orchid, quite appropriate for the subject matter. The outline of the petals I took from a design in the book Bargello Magic by Pauline Fischer and Anabel Lasker. Here it forms the basis for a Blackwork composition.

The blue outline is stitched in heavy chain stitch with Appleton two ply wool. The outline of the petals is a simple stem stitch in light pink from au ver à soie’s Soie d’Alger collection. The colour almost merges with the colour of the fabric.

The inside of the petals I split into two parts, for no particular reason, I have to say. Both parts are filled with two contrasting patterns with more threads from au ver à soie’s Soie d’Alger collection. A deep purple and the stitching varied from one, two to three strands of the silk.

For the background I used another of my Glissen Gloss Colorwash silk threads. A variegated blue, called Blueberry. The pattern is a medium dense pattern and four of the twelve strands was used throughout.

The cord for hanging was braided on a Kimihimo board, with two shades of perle cotton blues from the DMC range.

All in all I am quite pleased with the result. I like working with hoops and using them to show the work off. So much so that I have ordered a few more hoops. You can expect to see some more work in hoops. Not always Blackwork though, at least I hope not.


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