C17: Days 201 & 202: The back of the shield

July 21, 2017

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

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C17: Day 200 – Shield front

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 […]

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C17: Day 199 – More snail

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

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

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

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 […]

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C17: Day 194 – Leaves

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 […]

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C17: Day 193 – The vine

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 […]

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C17: Day 192 – Armour

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 […]

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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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C17: Day 185 – Refining the design

July 4, 2017

It’s still not quite there, but it’s improved!

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