Not far to go now….

Just a quick update on my RSN crewel work coursework. I spent a quiet afternoon finishing off all the little ‘bitty’ bits – by which I mean all those little gaps that I had been putting off! First I filled the bottom petals of the large flower with herringbone stitch – although I am not sure that I like this. I think I will have to live with it for a while. I then broke up the birds breast with detached fly stitch. Finally I used scalloped buttonhole to create feathers under the birds chin. Again I am not sure about this either!

So all I now need to do now are the birds legs and feet, and the large petals of the flower, and maybe a little stitching around the unfurling ferns. This is how the piece looks at the moment. I hope to finish it soon as I am really beginning to dislike it – purely because it is not how I imagined it would look.

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 Not far to go now….

  1. Catherine says:

    Lovely work! You should be proud of it. I think disliking our RSN pieces is part of the journey. You will like it again I’m sure, all in good time!

  2. Jen says:

    It’s looking great Deborah! I like the scalloped buttonhole under the chin but the eye seems to be immediately drawn to the dark shade in the centre. What is the shading like on a real life bird? I’m wondering how it would change the look if you used the same stitch but shaded from light to dark instead? The easiest way would be to do some doodle stitches on a different piece of fabric to see what looks best. Once the eye and beak are in will also make a difference as well. When is your next lesson?

    • wybrow1966 says:

      I think you are right Jen, I didn’t notice it before – but now I look at the picture the central scallop is far to dark. It bears no resemblance to the real thing – which is why I am struggling with Jacobean crewel.

  3. Sally says:

    Wonderful to see this piece progressing, you are getting close to the end now. I really understand your comment that it not how you imagined the piece to look – but remember that you have learned so much along the way! Keep going.

  4. Kim says:

    I’m still outragesly impressed by this work – but I can see how spending such an enormous amount of time on something can make you dislike it. Do you have time enough left for a ‘time out’?

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