Just not cutting it!

I have been continuing with my goldwork bird whilst the rain hammers down outside (so much for the British summer!), mostly working on the cutwork leaves. From a distance they look quite tidy, but under closer inspection I am a little disappointed. I know the theory – if you cut the pieces too long they will buckle and crack, too small and you will not fill the space – but in practice I just can’t get it right!

I think I am getting the hang of s-ing, but, because of the order that we did things in, I am finding that I keep catching the little shards and causing them to crack.


I have used super lizerine  to outline the body of the bird – this is like pearl purl except finer and tougher to stretch and cut. I have learnt a lot by sewing this little piece but, as with everything, I would probably do a lot better on a second attempt.

About wybrow1966

My name is Deborah, and my earliest recollection of being creative is learning how to smock at primary school. We had a wonderful, white-haired lady who came in once a week to teach the 'girls' how to sew. I am not sure what the boys got up to during this time - but I never once felt as though I was missing out on anything. Now, as a primary teacher, I often give up evenings to teach enthusiastic children how to embroider. I am now just about to embarked into the world of blogging. Who knows if anyone will be interested, or if I can even keep it up. But here goes....
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7 Responses to Just not cutting it!

  1. thepeepers says:

    It looks beautiful to me!

  2. Dima says:

    I’m sure your cutwork will be better next time. I’m finding that the more I do it the better it comes out. Plus, your leaves are harder because you have to cover a lot more area as the padding is higher.

  3. Catherine says:

    It looks lovely! I’ve on,y ever done the one metallic work project, so everything is very new to me. And you are correct, as with most things we do, the more we do it the better we get, but it’s always nice to start with such a wonderful project! You have me thinking that I had best do another project before the RSN one!

    • wybrow1966 says:

      I am glad that I did this project – and with the help of a tutor – as they are on hand to explain why something is not working. But as with anything practice makes perfect.

  4. wow! It’s looking stunning. I’m pretty sure you’re the only person that will examine it closely enough to see the mistakes, I think you’ve done an amazing job.

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