Thursday, 16 June 2016
Elsa Williams Small Tree of Life Finished
Finished .....and I,m reasonably happy with it .. there are a couple of things...such as the pistils on the large blue flower stamens , the bullion knots not covering the printed lines of the pattern ... but its time to move on . Which brings me to the very long , tediously boring , instructions for blocking ........ yawn ! I have never had to block any piece of my hand surface embroidery ever .
I also didn't use an embroidery hoop and it is perfectly fine and straight .
I gave it a little press , face down on a double layer of thick towel and a very slightly damp flannel . This way , the iron does not flatten ,but rather plumps up the crewel wool embroidery on the under side .
I think that tapestry , such as the above cushion , can get out of shape whilst working , even when done in a frame ......and would definitely need blocking .
Then again , I have made up slightly wonky tapestries into cushions for my own use and I think they're fine .
I think there are way too many finished tapestries just lying around out there ! They should be made up into cushions or lovely shopping bags , loved and used !
The lovely toadstool cushion above was one that I bought from a nice lady on Ebay ..she told me , that her husband had said that they had too many cushions and not enough chairs for them all , so some of them just had to go !
Lol ! Glad to have been able to help her out .
I have another Elsa Williams Kit waiting in the wings , but I might do something else first.
I need to finish a piece that I designed myself ....a much larger piece ...I had taken a break from it .
I need to tidy my workroom . You want to see my work room ? O.K. Well , maybe next time .
Remember those little pieces I embroidered ?
I ,ve prepared some linen with few more patterns from " A Scholehouse for the Needle " by Richard Shorleyker published in 1624 . I love these early English patterns .
I,ll gather some more pretty crewel wool , my new cute scissors , a fresh needle , put all into my embroidery travel bag along with a good book and I,m ready for our next trip . Fun little pieces of history to pull out and work on , as and when I have a few minutes to spare . I,ll make them up into little things later on .
I cant wait to embroider that sweet clove scented Gillyflower .