Friday, October 24, 2008

One of those ideas that worked better in my head....



I really can't work out whether or not I like this

Half of me is really proud of it, as it's my first ever attempt at embroidery (although, to be fair, this is more darning than embroidery...) and I think it turned out pretty neat and tidy.

But on the other hand I was aiming for an arty mini quilt. But it just looks to me like something you'd expect your granny to make. Not very edgy :)



Anyway - it doesn't really matter if I like it, as long as the CJ recipient (Efemera) does :)

One thing I am pleased with is the silk that the embroidery is sitting on - I dyed that myself and I like how it came out.

The flower was hand drawn and then filled in with variegated embroidery threads in a darning stitch (a bit like weaving over the surface of the fabric). It took forever! But at least I could do it sitting in front of the TV.

And there's even a bit of machine sewing on there too - I'm slowly getting less scared of the machine :)

10 comments:

Tracey said...

It's lovely - and for the record, my granny could never have made that!

Paula said...

Well, it might not mean much but to me its blooming fantastic - I really cant believe you havent been doing this for years because there's no way on gods earth could I do that amazing weaving stitch effect.The dyed silk is a fab colour and I can see why youre pleased with it but you should be pretty damned chuffed with yourself for it as a whole - do you know what,we are our own worst critics!

Hazel said...

You don't do things by halves, do you?! The result is fantastic, and I can't believe how neat it is- you have so much patience. Love the colours, too. It's all gorgeous, in fact!

Veronica said...

I am so jealous - I don't have the skill or patience to do this - well done you, and the colours are great.

Vron xx

Dee said...

This is amazing. Beautiful colours. Dee x

Chicken Licken said...

LUSH! What more can I say!! Love the colours, the texture the lot!
Want it!

magpie said...

That is just amazing Sarah... well done to you.....

Sarah said...

This is beautiful - simply stunning - well done :)

Melinda Cornish said...

I love it and dont think it looks "granny'ish at all...I love the silk too.....Melinda

Lorraine said...

love that background..have you tried salt on silk as it makes mad patterns as it draws the dye out! love the sunflower in the middle with all the texture