Creative 2017

C17: Day 203 – The sword

by Suw on July 22, 2017

I had three goals for today’s work:

  1. Find out of a single strand stem stitch for the edge of the sword works as well as the double strand, and I have to say that I don’t think it does. It just doesn’t really stand out.
  2. Find out if I should fill the whole sword. I think half would be better (I did just over half as I originally thought I’d fill the whole area).
  3. Whether I should use satin stitch or French knots, and I think the knots are better in this instance.

Not much left to test now, just the knight’s robe, and a few more leaf tests. Then I’ll be ready to set up the real thing!

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Green and Bayeux stitch or green and satin stitch? With stem stitch edge or not?

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C17: Day 200 – Shield front

by Suw on July 19, 2017

I really changed my mind about front of the shield. I thought about doing a vertical long and short stitch, but it just didn’t feel right, so instead I went for a satin stitch in a radial pattern. I didn’t mark out the directions, which I will do when I do it for real so that the radial pattern is even. And the edges will be neater too!!

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C17: Day 199 – More snail

by Suw on July 18, 2017

Not going to complete that area because this isn’t a colour choice issue, it’s a stitch issue and I’m happy with the split stitch to give it a bit of texture.

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C17: Day 198 – More snail

by Suw on July 17, 2017

Short entry today: I worked on the snail again, but haven’t finished it, so photos tomorrow!

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C17: Day 197 – Another leaf

by Suw on July 16, 2017

Colour testing two reds, one more of a plum. And practicing fishbone stitch.

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C17: Days 195 & 196 – Snail test

by Suw on July 15, 2017

I was feeling a bit ropey yesterday, so saved up that time for the snail test today. Although, to be honest, I probably spent a couple of hours on it whilst I was watching Wimbledon, which is slightly more than the 10-15 mins per day I had originally imagined spending!

Anyway, this test is slightly involved. First up, the small round bits, for lack of a better term:

1. Double stranded french knot in the middle, over double stranded satin stitch
2. Double stranded satin stitch in the middle, over satin stitch
3. Single stranded cross stitch, surrounded by radial satin stitch
4. Single stranded french knot, surrounded by single stranded french knots
5. Double stranded french knot, surrounded by double stranded french knots

And then the three segments:

A. Double stranded long and short stitch
B. Single stranded radial satin-long and short stitch mix
C. Single stranded split stitch

And then there’s the colours:

Top: Bright blues
Bottom: Muted blues

Photo is slightly fuzzy, but you get the gist. I’ll try to get some better ones tomorrow.

So, which to go with? I have my thoughts, but it might be better to make a choice once some of the other colours are filled in.

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C17: Day 194 – Leaves

by Suw on July 13, 2017

I thought that it might be a good idea to do a small leaf in each of the greens, not just to help with identifying which colour might work best, but also to help me decide how to do the embroidery of the leaves themselves. I have decided on a fishbone stitch, which is probably the easiest way to do leaves of this size.

Here, you get a better handle on the greens, even if they are a little fuzzy.

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C17: Day 193 – The vine

by Suw on July 12, 2017

This is going to be a hard one, because the test today is about colours, and it’s hard to photograph colours well, especially with an ipad and especially at this time of night under mixed artificial light. I have one pale green (first top curl), and then a choice of a dark green that’s quite muted (right-hand end of vine and curl), and a dark green that’s quite bright (left-hand end of vine and second curl). These are the actual silks, not DMC stand-ins.

This is a tough decision because both greens work well in context, even if they look a bit odd when you put the skeins next to one another. It may just be that I need to get some of the other colours in place in order to see how they work together.

Anyway, four photos, and maybe they’ll show the difference.

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C17: Day 192 – Armour

by Suw on July 11, 2017

Tonight, I had a bit of a practice of my stem stitch as I realised after my post last night that I had done it a bit wrong earlier, with some of my stem stitches basically being outline stitch instead. So that’s the new outline around the head.

I also wanted to have a go at the armour, which I had done with gold “bullion”, ie little spirals of gold wire, in my original. My friend doesn’t want the goldwork, just silk, so I had to think of a different way to get that armour look. I tried two techniques: First with a split stitch and small seed stitches (on the left), and then the second with a modified Bayeux stitch (on the right). I think I prefer the former, but the Bayeux stitch is more solid.

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C17: Day 191 – Outlines

July 10, 2017

It’s been a while since I’ve done any embroidery, so it’s good to practice. Today, I had a go at outlines. From the right-most foot clockwise, that’s single strand stem stitch and whipped back stitch in DMC; two strand stem stitch in DMC; and the arm is two strand stem stitch in silk. I think […]

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C17: Days 189-190 – Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3

July 9, 2017

I knew yesterday that what I wanted to do would take more than the 15 minutes I’m supposed to be spending per day, so I saved it up yesterday’s time for today. Glad I did – it all took a lot longer than I anticipated! The first challenge was to actually figure out which box […]

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C17: Day 188 – Colouring in

July 7, 2017

I don’t have a huge library of embroidery silks, especially not actual silk silks, but I had already bought a selection of colours that I thought would work for this piece several months ago. It’s hard to pick colours off the internet, and not all of the ones that I bought quite fit, but hopefully […]

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C17: Day 187 – Curlicues

July 6, 2017

I don’t think I’ve ever written the word curlicue before, but it’s just screaming out to be spelt curlique instead. Missed opportunities there, English Language. Anyway, the knight and snail now have some.

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C17: Day 186 – Is the vine fine?

July 5, 2017

Further refinements to the vine, but is it fine, or just a crooked line?    

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