|First Day is the name of this stump work design from Inspirations Magazine.|
Here is one of my New Year's resolution projects. It is a 8" by 6" stump work partridge in a pear tree featured in issue 67 (2010) of Inspirations Magazine. I've wanted to try this piece since I first saw it.
My Brazilian embroidery instructor and local stitching shop owner ordered the threads for me over a year ago. Since then, they have been sitting in my embroidery basket as I worked on other projects. Many of the techniques are new to me, the thread is new to me (I've never worked with silks), and I don't know for sure what wire I am supposed to use. But no more excuses. I am going to stop fretting and start stitching.
A list of just a few of the techniques in this piece (some of which I have tried, but am not proficient in) that scare me to death include:
- stump work leaves done on wire
- raised stem stitch over cording and over padding
- corded detached blanket stitch shapes done over a cordonnet and later attached to the piece
A full list of stitches include:
- split stitch
- blanket stitch
- satin stitch
- stem stitch
- detached chain
- corded detached blanket stitch
- raised stem stitch
- straight stitch
- stab stitch
- colonial knots
- needlewoven picots
- Ghiordes knot
- open chain
- fly stitch
I haven't bought the fabric yet, so I am going to start small with the detached leaves. There are seven of them, which should keep me busy as I build my confidence.
I'll post progress updates throughout the year. By going public with this challenge I know I'll work on it. I'll need all the support I can get to finish this project during 2013!
|The threads themselves don't look too intimidating, but what a lot of greens!|