Friday, March 09, 2007

TAST 10 Barred chain and Stumpwork Fritillary

This week I decided to try something completely different and so, inspired by Sharon B's embroidery samples I made a colourful pattern out of barred chain. It was great fun and helped me learn alot about colour combinations. I also wish I'd used more textures as well, since I was only using the one type of stitch. But all in all I'm happy with it.

Below is my first fritillary flower. I tried wrapping the wires to form the stem but I didn't like the way it looked so I went back to the floral tape. I find I can get the wires together much tighter this way, which makes a big difference when trying to bend wires to adjust the way the petals fall. I still need to do another flower and two leaves to finish the full stem. I think I'll make the petals slightly wider on the next flower because they don't' quite overlap the way they do in the picture I posted. And since none of my fritillaries are in bloom right now in the garden, I can't check a real flower.


Elizabeth said...

Margaret, I love the work you did on the barred chain stitch. Great job! Your flowers are lovely, too.

JoWynn Johns said...

The barred chain sampler is spectacular. Love it.


celeste said...

Your fritilary is lovely!

Mary Corbet said...

WOW! I like both of them! I LOVE the barred chain work. The colors and variety are great.

Your stumpwork is really nice! I like the pattern on the petals, and how it imitates the original flower in the photo you posted.

Nice job!

NormaH said...

Exciting TAST work! The flower has an almost Jacobean look to it and I like it very much.