SAL 13 – All things fishy…

Hello again everyone, another 3 weeks have shot past. But with the Easter holidays I have finally managed to get a little work done on my stumpwork fish kit by The Bluebird Embroidery Company ! Up until now I have been working on the 3d fish body and needle lace background but now I have turned my attention to the fins.


The fins were worked on a very fine organza, which was very slippery and frayed everywhere! The fabric was painted first and then wire was couched around the outside of each shape using embroidery thread. This was a very time consuming process, but one that I quite enjoyed in the sunshine!

Finally a little backstitching was added in between the wires and this is now where I am up to……They do look a little messy at the moment, but hopefully when they are cut out and the ends are shredded they will look more like fins and a tail!

Meanwhile in the garden spring has finally sprung! This is my favourite time of the year as I love all the spring flowering bulbs and rhizomes. Currently in flower are the erythroniums, trilliums, anemone, spring pea and Solomon seal – with smilacima and aconites waiting in the wings. Even the chickens have come back out to play! Hope you all had a wonderful Easter.

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Thank you for popping in. Happy stitching and I hope to see you all in another 3 weeks.
We are a small group of crafters using a variety of different techniques. Please check out the fabulous stitching by all the other members of the SAL. If you are interested in joining us you can contact Avis for details.
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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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35 Responses to SAL 13 – All things fishy…

  1. claire93 says:

    ooooooh definitely look very fin & tail-like!

  2. kathyreeves says:

    They definitely look like fins and a tail, amazing! Did you have to paint them as well? that would scare me off, if the previous steps hadn’t already! Gorgeous work!

  3. Hi! Sorry if I could not comment on your work,in the past few weeks.Due a violent storm,my internet connection has failed and in addition to damaging the computer has created damage to the central cabin of the network.I hope you will excuse me.Wonderful embroidery!
    Hugs! Carmela

  4. Christina says:

    Wow, those fins and tail look challenging but glad to hear you enjoyed the process! Lovely photos of your spring bloomers. I’m enjoying the blooms of my cedar sage and dianthus. Gaura just started blooming for me and I see buds on the Clematis.

  5. I think the fins and tail will be very successful, although I’ll admit organza is a frustrating and exasperating fabric to work with!

  6. Deborah that is a very fun project! I have never worked on organza.

  7. wow wow wow – once again. You are so clever and these fins are going to turn those delightfully cute fishes into something very elegant.

  8. How do people get these ideas? Amazing!

  9. I enjoyed the flower slide show as much as I loved seeing the fish progressing. They look awesome! ~ Sharon

  10. Wow, these look amazing, I wouldn’t know where to start! x

  11. Lindashee says:

    This looks like very delicate work ! Worth it though 😀

  12. Renee says:

    I love watching your progress on these little stumpwork fish! I can definitely see the fins and a tail.

  13. rutigt says:

    This embroidery is so exciting! Looking forward to see the project growing!

  14. Wow this is so intricate and lovely. I also like that you got to stitch in sunshine…I am longing for that day too. And look at all the growth in your garden. Amazing too.

    • wybrow1966 says:

      Thank you Jocelyn – sewing in the sunshine was short lived but fun while it lasted! I love spring time in the garden as I love all those spring bulbs, rhizomes and corms.

  15. teamwilsun says:

    I am constantly amazed by your work — and I can definitely see fins and a tail! This piece is so beautiful and so technically impressive!

  16. magpiesue says:

    Aside from the issues of working with that gauze this looks like fun. It will be exciting to see the bits come together! Thanks for the slide show of your lovely flowers. 🙂

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