In between the pulling off of nets and picking, I did bring out a piece of crewel work I started quite a while ago. You know how you start something and then you are not sure if you really like it? I remember putting this one aside feeling very 'not right' about it...
I cannot for the life of me now see the 'not right' part. The middle leaf needs a bit more work done to it but I am liking the overall look of it and the layering of so many shades of green creates on the leaves.
The completed leaf is stitched in Battlement couching which creates a lovely layered shading.
2. Then you stitch a second layer over the first, using a different colour or shade.
Each stitch is placed exactly next to each of those in the first layer.
3. Next you stitch a third layer, again using a different colour thread and placing each stitch along side each in the previous layer.
4. To finish, each intersection of the TOP layer only is couched in place.
Although it is not a super common stitch it is quite often used in traditional crewel work. What I really like about it is the even and subtle blending of colour it forms within a shape.
I don't think so any longer.
. I love these fat and plump whipped spider's web circles, so I think I will just use one stitch, but a variety of shades instead and see how it goes...
Happy Tuesday stitching everyone,