Monday, January 29, 2007

Goldwork Happy Dance

Yesterday I thought of taking a day and just working on this to get it done. Today, I ended up with extra free time in the afternoon and DID! I'm proud of this because every single stitch in it was something new to me. For a first attempt at such an esoteric form of stitchery, it came out well. I'm not satisfied with the striped petals on the stem, but I can live with it. Happy, happy, joy it's done! This makes two finishes on my Ten Project Challenge done.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your happy dance - that's one beautiful piece of work! :D

Chelle said...

What a great finish! Congrats!

Anonymous said...

Meg,
this is great!
NCPat

Felicity said...

I've been surfing back through your blog archive & am sooo impressed with your stitching. Congratulations of several jobs well done!

My copy of the 'Love with a Capital L' arrived in the mail yesterday. I'm really disappointed to see that it has no color suggestions on it. What colors are you using?

If you ever get sick of working on your Medieval Mandala, send it over my way & I will do it for you. I would love to stitch it, but the pattern is no longer available to busy.

I'm going to add you to my blog list & come back often to see how you are going.

Bliss

Meg said...

Thank you all so much for the compliments! I'm still glowing inside from finishing it.

Bliss- the colors on my capital L in my blog are just DMC 115 matched up to blend well. I'm not sure about the background fabric, as it was not mine. Medieval Town Mandala will be coming out as a chart in about a year or so. Martina always releases her classes as charts afterwards. I love it, though, and my husband is already thinking of ways to frame it. Thanks for the encouragement!

Meg

Unknown said...

Hello!

I've just been looking through your blog! How wonderful! I love your goldwork pieces especially.

May I ask how you did the stems? I can't work out the gold threads.

a_velvet_claw_AT_yahoo.com.australia
(replace australia with au)

Meg Welch said...

The largest stem is worked with three strands of twist in two sizes, and the others are one strand. They're all couched down and plunged through the back (the hardest part). Thank you for the compliment and I hope that helps!

Unknown said...

I'm staring at a big version of this piece again, nose almost to the screen.

I'm fascinated by your techniques and your use of slightly non-standard goldwork materials.

Could you possibly give me some more details on how you laid the largest stem, including the border, and also the reddish stem to the left side? I wanna suck your brains, lady!

Is that large top petal couched in burden stitch? I can see it's interwoven in some way.

I don't want to copy your work - but I'd love to know how you did it, so I could use the same materials/techniques in my own way, if that's ok.

On the lower small kid piece, the way you've segued from 3 lines of couched thread to 1 is just beautiful - so smooth.