Thursday, June 23, 2016

A finish!!!

Hi everyone!!

Over the past few weeks, I added a few more single stitch flowers to Hope. The first one to be added were the roses.

Here they are, stem stitch roses with Oyster stitch buds.

Once the roses were added, there were a few small spaces left. I opted for french knot flowers in random colors , unlike other flower bunches where the color combo was kept intact throughout.

Here she is...

There are still spaces left, but I just cannot bring myself to fill in - if I do that,I fear that the tiny flowers may get lost in the crowd. So, in a sense I guess this is not pure negative space embroidery. All negative space embroidery that I've seen in google-land involves complete filling up of the empty space outside the pattern. May be I'll give the concept a try again with a smaller design.

Here are some more pics..

You can click on the pics for a better view.

If you've landed late on this page and would like to see how this project progressed, here are the links to the previous posts..

Post 1. The beginning

Post 2. First bunch of flowers

Post 3. Some more single stitch flowers

The entire embroidery is stitched up with stranded cotton. When we were told of the move to Germany, in-spite of all the apprehensions, there was one thing about which I was happy about - that I would get to use some of those yum crewel wool, perle cottons which we never get in India.With that thought I brought along with me only a very limited set of threads.

But now I've realized that the grass always appears green on the other side.Erlangen is one of the worst places that a person with embroidery as a hobby could land.There's nothing else but wool in the stores and the handful of threads, if at all there, are absurdly expensive. I've decided to use whatever I have with me here for the time being. Only desperation can drive me to buy the threads from here.

Talking about stranded cotton, I would like you to see a wonderful piece of stumpwork violets by Rachel at her website. Shows that one doesn't need fancy threads for embroidery. Yeah, I know, I am trying to pacify myself [smile] . But, yes, her work is awesome.

Well, that's it for today,
I hope you enjoyed looking at "Hope" :) Now I've to think of something else . Flowers again...hmm,not sure. Good bye till I think up of something else..
Love,luck and sunshine,

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Hope in progress- some pics

Hi everyone,

With the beer festival over, Erlangen is back to its quiet self.We saw a different side of the normally formal Deutsch during these 12 days of celebration.I visited the fest once, but was not very keen to go again.

During the past couple of weeks, while working on "Hope" , I spent more time unpicking than stitching.My daughter would often find me standing motionless in front of the embroidery staring at it. When this repeated for some days ,she said- "Ma, if that was given to me I wouldn't have bothered about color combinations and would've just used whatever I felt like. But it would still be beautiful for me because I used the colors I wanted to. You adults ( her exact words) think too much.Just pick a color and stitch."
She contributed  her own interpretation of "Hope" on paper..

Sometimes, I just look at her sketch for inspiration. In fact some of the twirls are her idea. 

Well, the gyan (wisdom) she imparted me was good, but can old habits be killed so quickly? Anyway, I continue my statue posture, but not when she's around [big grin].

Most of the flowers added to hope are single stitch flowers - those that do not need any specific pattern. After straight stitch and lazy daisy, I wanted to add my stem stitch roses - a favorite of mine. And I did.

They looked pretty enough, but out of place..

And I unpicked them. But I'll add them for sure, may be in a different color.

I then proceeded to add these..

Hanging flowers with simple french knots and two strands of two different colors.

While I was stitching them up,DH send me a pic he had clicked just a few blocks away. Here it is..

 Aren't they pretty!!

Just before writing this, I finished adding another set of flowers with blanket stitch. I am not sure why, but I wanted blue flowers. I tried the dark blue, but again it stood out .Then I mixed it up with a lighter shade.It looks better ,but is not the best when seen overall.

Let me now add the roses and come back to you..

And oh yes, I crocheted too..
Baby booties as a gift

And something for myself..
Scarves and beanies are always needed..
Till next time,

Love,luck and sunshine,

Monday, May 09, 2016

Embroidery in progress - "Hope"

Hi everyone,

How have you all been? Here in Erlangen, all are waiting for the Erlangen Bergkirchweih Carnival to start. This is a 12 day folk carnival in which everyone drinks buckets of beer. Not sure what's the big deal about it though. Everyone here seems to drink buckets of beer otherwise also.

My latest embroidery is progressing well. Last week I added a few more small flower bunches to my "hope".
When I started with the negative space embroidery, my idea was to fill the entire space outside the letters with several flowers. But now as I add on components to it, I am forced to rethink. Should I crowd the space with flowers or should I go for selective flowers and more greens?  I want a balance of colors, flamboyant but elegant.....

Here's what I've done till now,

 I added a bunch of eyelet stitch inspired flowers to all the letters. Well, not exactly eyelet stitch,but straight stitch flowers converging at the center, with a dash of french knots.

Some bullion flowers in two shades , not variegated threads, but one strand of one color each with feather stitch leaves

So this is how it looks right now.  How would you continue from this stage? A few more bunches and a lot of greens?
What about the center of the letters ? That's another section that needs to be filled up if it has to be negative. Thoughts,thoughts...

Love,luck and sunshine (lots here..I see dramatic transformation in clothes!!!)