3.06.2007

my wild Irish rose...

Well, maybe not Irish but it made a nice title, and it's so hard to come up with catchy titles :)

Here's the wild rose stamped-for-embroidery project I've been working on for the past couple of weeks. I got off to a quick start but got busy and it took a while to finish.





I saved the French knots for last, of course, but I'm getting better at doing them. You know what they say about practice.



If you'll remember I matched the embroidery floss colors to the fabric I'd be using later to complete the pillow I'd planned. Well, when I got everything laid out on my work table, it seemed a bit boring. Still pretty but lacking somehow. So I added another fabric—a yellow with green polkadots that matched the color I used for the leaves—to punch it up.



When it came to buttons, I'd planned to use one in each of the four corners and had three alternatives picked out. In the end they all looked too small. So I went with two much larger ones and placed them to fill the empty space at the top right of the embroidery. And I stacked some smaller yellow buttons on top.



So, if you were thinking I'm fanatical about sticking to the plan, you were wrong. Sometimes things don't work out the way you planned them and you need to be flexible enough to change things around. Besides, who says a girl can't change her mind?

10 comments:

sarah said...

Looks great! I'm horrendous at french knots. I wonder if there is some secret to them? I always have to pull on my threads on the back side until I get something that resembles a french knot and then I have to re-tie off the back. Good thing no one sees the back!

Anonymous said...

Janet, You always do such beautiful work. You're my idol!

Carrie said...

This turned out really beautiful Janet. I love how much thought you put into determining the colors, and staying true to the real form. Nice!

Dawn said...

Janet...that is perfectly gorgeous!!!

Carrie-Lee said...

That pillow you made is just gorgeous. I love things like that. I was wondering, what kind of fabric do you do embroidery on?

Carla said...

This is lovely. I really need to get some embroidery out again and you're giving me the inspiration!

csr said...

The pillow is a precious project. The decisions you made on fabric choices are the best! Love it, love it.

janet said...

Thanks ladies! I'm not sure how I feel about being an idol, though. I keep thinking of that line in Ferris Bueller where Cameron says (in his funny wavery voice) "Ferris, you're my he-e-e-e-ro." LOL

This embroidery was stamped on fabric that's fairly coarse—not linen but a coarser cotton or a blend of the two. That wouldn't be my preference if I were chosing fabric—I like a little bit tighter weave—but with these stamped projects you get what you get and you deal with it. I'm working on something now that's on a very tight weave pillowcase cotton and I'm not liking that either. So, something in between would be perfect.

African Kelli said...

Such gorgeous work! And I think the buttons add great flare.

viji said...

janet
i am bowled over by ur french knots