28 April 2017

Finishing up Herbier

Herbier was completed fairly quickly although I created more work for myself by adding more of the gorgeous House of Embroidery (HoE) threads to the mix.

I had a bit of assistance while stitching, although she was at her most helpful when sleeping!

Koko the Siamese cat sleeps while Herbier is being embroidered

I made changes to the piece mostly, it turns out, to the surrounding motifs: the garland, outer flowers, and butterflies.

As for the nine motifs that make up the bulk of the design, I primarily made changes to the three motifs that run diagonally from upper left to lower right. There's a lot of room on this design to 'do your own thing' and I think I could almost stitch it again and come up with something completely different.

When it came time to do the butterflies in the corners I decided to stitch each one differently. I have issues with symmetry and repetition in embroidery. I get bored. For the butterflies, I limited myself to threads that were already used on the piece so I felt a bit limited. There are a lot of greens which didn't work for me butterfly-wise. I was left with a lot of rosy pinks, a bit of purple, some yellow and white. I also used the pink-orange variegated HoE.

I like some of the butterflies better than others, but I am mostly happy that they are not all the same.

Butterfly embroidered with variegated threads on Herbier surface embroidery project

Embroider butterfly in variegated embroidery threads (Project: Herbier)

The lower wings on this one remind of eggs for some reason.

Butterfly embroidered with variegated threads (Project: Herbier)

This butterfly, my favourite, inspired the changes on the Duftin Summer Flowers table runner. I discovered that I could indeed do 'shading' with variegated threads!

Butterfly embroidered with variegated threads along with embroidered rosebush (Project: Herbier)

All finished.

Completed surface embroidery project Herbier from Canevas Folies

It was nice to do some surface embroidery that combined decorative stitching with touches of thread painting.

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