Starting to panic a little bit as I am supposed to be going back to Hampton Court next Saturday and so far have done absolutely none of the homework set! So have given up on writing my reports for the afternoon (sometimes you need a break!) to try and get a little sewing done.
First job was to stem stitch the smaller branch, making sure to introduce shading along its length. Here is a little demo, that might help to make the process clearer. Bring the needle up at point a and then down at point b, just as you would for a running stitch.
Then, keeping the wool thread to the right hand side (apparently it is a different stitch if you take the yarn to the left), bring the needle up at the halfway point of your stitch at c.
And then put the needle in at point d – repeat the stitching along the line.
The next job was to fill in the hillock with block shading. This is basically overlapping lines of satin stitch. I completed this section, but am not happy with the ends as the stitches just look too big – so this might mean more unpicking! As you can see I have just found the pen tool to edit pictures – but find it really difficult to write with my fingers!
So, here is my progress. At least I have got some of the work done – so won’t feel quite so bad next weekend.
I had some good news about my Hampton Court security pass too – hopefully it will be waiting for me to pick up. This means that I can go straight up to the sewing rooms and maybe get there early enough to find a trestle away from the door. Fingers crossed xxx