Saturday, May 20, 2017

Perfect timing

Last week I stitched a sampler of the white goat for the next crewel embroidery panel I will be working on.
Of course, I couldn't just have a lonely goat in the middle of a piece of fabric, so while I was waiting on my linen twill to arrive...

... I gave her a hill to stand on....

... an apple just out of reach...

and a tree for the apple to grow from.

.. and before I knew it, it turned into 'Apple Theif', a little quick version of what is yet to come.

The very day I finished playing with this, the linen twill arrived... Perfect timing.

Taupe or natural coloured twill is relatively easy to find, but I prefer to work my crewel designs on an ivory ground instead. I like the ivory - it works better with the colour palettes I tend to use, but finding ivory twill proved to be more difficult. I did find it retail, but that is no good since I intend to kit this project... so the hunt was on.
I want to stitch the the panel on linen twill instead of the firm even weave I normally use - and adore to work on! The reason being, that the new panel is a decent size, my largest to date, and I think the weight of the twill will support the embroidery better.

Now that it is here, I can finally get on with the 'real' project.
Have a lovely weekend,
Anna X

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

White Goat

It is another magical autumn day today and the vineyard is clad in a glow of brilliant green, yellow and red.

I spent the morning stitching, before the sunshine lured me outside to take Tilly for a nice long walk before she went to check on her chickens and her sheep.

She is trying to work out what to do with those sheep... She and Spud (the lamb we reared in spring) are so funny to watch.. I am not quite sure who is rounding up who.

I could have stitched a sheep today instead I stitched a goat.
I am still waiting for the fabric to arrive for my next large crewel embroidery project but I just couldn't wait any longer to try my ideas of how to stitch the silly billy goat. I want a white or cream long haired mountain goat, but is suddenly occurred to me the other day, that since I will be stitching on ivory linen, a white goat might get lost!
Oh dear, that can't happen, he is after all the star of the show. What to do? What to do? The only way to find out is to stitch a sampler, trying a few colours, which is what I spent the morning doing...

The idea was to use shades of  'not quite' cream, with a white or ecru. I might tweak the colours a little for the large piece but I am really happy with the choice of stitches I picked, especially the coat on his back.

I have done it with rows of parallel detached chains (lazy daisy). The rather large stitches are off-set in each row and long anchoring stitches fit between the stitches in the row before.

'Memory of my Youth', Marc Chagall 1924

I am not sure what made me stitch the eye like this... I have always loved the art of Marc Chagall, a poster of his 'Blue Violinist' was the piece of 'art' I ever bought - at a time when my girlfriends were covering their bedroom walls with pop stars.
Anyway, a simple knot for the eye just didn't look right but it wasn't until after I had stitched my goat, I realised it looks a wee bit like it was inspired by the goats I have seen in Chagall's paintings... funny how impressions subconsciously creep into the things we do.

I was so keen to show you this, I still haven't tied off all the ends on the back of the goat! Once that is done, I think I'd better tidy up my desk - it looks like a tornado went through by room.. Now that is an image I won't be sharing LOL.

Enjoy the rest of your week.
Best stitches,
Anna X

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

We will remember them....

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; 
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. 
At the going down of the sun and in the morning 
We will remember them."

  ~ Lest we Forget ~