Still only two students again today, but we both seem to stitch at the same pace which meant that Helen could demonstrate to us both at the same time and keep a close eye on our progress. So after a quick look at the views from the window it was back to finishing off the hard string padding along the birds wing.
Once this was completed the next stage was to apply a kid leather cap over the head of the bird – which took us up to tea-break (where does the time go?). After tea we concentrated on the broad plate gold ribbon beak – this was a new technique to me – but, after a shaky start, I began to find my feet and really enjoyed the process. The trickiest part was catching the ribbon at the tip of the beak and then casting off.
After lunch we made a start on couching Japanese thread over the body of the bird – by this time my eyes were starting to struggle and, looking at the pictures, I can see that my brickwork stitching could have been better. Helen gave us a demonstration of the basket weave stitch over the wing – but I think this will need to wait for day 3 to finish it off.
So that is my progress to date – it is really difficult all the techniques demonstrated into each day – so I have had to do a little homework each evening – but I hope it will be worth it and I have loved learning new techniques. Tomorrow will be a ‘cutwork’ day.