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.
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.