Thursday, June 20, 2013

Practice Piece

 I've been practising the outline stitches for Schwalm embroidery. The teacher said to just get on and do the stitches on the real piece, and undo if it didn't look right, but I want to gain some confidence before I start work on very expensive linen. To begin with, coral stitch is not very easy to undo. Like tatting, it has to be undone knot by knot. The linen is white, which gets dirty easily, so I'd rather work on it as little as possible. I traced elements of the pattern onto a scrap of cotton. I'm accumulating questions for next time I see the teacher. Eventually I will have to take a deep breath and begin work on the linen, but I'm sure I can procrastinate a bit longer.

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  1. It looks good enough to have been the real thing to me!
    I suppose, if you're working a big piece in white, you'll have to accept the need for washing it when it's finished!

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    1. Hmmm, no. It's to go to a competition, and the rules say you can't wash it after finishing it! So you can understand my reluctance to begin.

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  2. I like it! Looks very pretty!

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  3. You've been tatting and posting with lightning speed (beautiful items, by the way - and with great skill, including dyeing thread and using beads), and now some challenging embroidery! It's difficult keeping up with you! I particularly like the white necklace using Jon's motif!

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    1. Thank you. I like the white necklace too. I was very single minded when I ran a spinning and knitting business, so I'm enjoying being able to try out different things and have wildly different projects on the go at once!

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  4. I think you're ready for the main event. Bring on the expensive linen!

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