Saturday, April 16, 2011

Chinese Flower Project Lesson 2 Finished

I have to admit I am really enjoying this project. It is difficult using so many threads for one small piece, but that is what makes it look so lifelike. The two lower leaves used six shades of green plus a bit of brown for the really deep shadows. The stem used five shades of beige/brown.

Trish Burr, our teacher, says I'm progressing well and can continue to the next lesson. This will be the flower, so it should really be fun. Please visit Trish's website for some really amazing photos of her work. You can buy kits in the US from Nordic Needle.  There are also a few free projects on her website to whet your appetite for more.

It's a beautiful Saturday morning here in Southern California, and I won't get much stitching in today. I'm off to meet my sister, her daughter and our mother for lunch, then to Needlepoints Ltd., in Garden Grove. I just feel the need to buy some silk threads, so I'll put together a couple of kits to work on from Susan O'Connor's Embroidered Flowers for Elizabeth book. If you're not familiar with this book, please read Mary Corbet's review. Then you'll really want it! It's available from Amazon, Book Depository, and of course, from Country Bumpkin, the publisher.


  1. STUNNING!!! It's really coming along nicely, Cynthia!

  2. You're doing a beautiful job on this piece.

  3. You are doing a marvelous job! I found that having so many shades really added depth to anything that is thread painted. They are hard to keep tidy so I used small snaplock bags and had them sorted by shade i.e. greens in one, blues in another etc. Works for me as otherwise they tend to disappear when the furries come and join me.

  4. I love seeing your progress on this project - it looks stunning. Thanks for commenting on my crochet.


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