Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Embroidered Bag Progress


Pretty needle minder
I hope those of you in the Northern Hemisphere are managing to stay cool. It's been pretty hot here, getting to 101 ℉ (38℃) on Monday. Tomorrow we may get some cooler weather, and I must say I am looking forward to it. It's been over a year since I posted on the Embroidered Evening Bag, but I've been working hard lately to finish it. Above right, you can see that I've finished the blue/purple flowers. Since this project is worked entirely in Soie d'Alger silks, it's pretty expensive. I had run out of the light blue, but ordered more from Hedgehog Handworks. To save the silk for surface stitching, I made the padding of the blue flowers from a corresponding color of DMC floss. As the silk is upwards of $4.90 per skein vs $0.39 for the floss, this is quite a savings, especially if you do a lot of padding.

Pink buds almost finished
Here I only have the tips of the pink buds to finish, along with the center of the large flower. Since the center will be Ghiordes knots surrounded by beads, I'm saving it for last.  This will help to avoid any snagging.

The grapes are a bit more grape-like
If you look at the link to the previous post (over a year ago!) the grapes sort of flowed together in a mash up. I seriously considered taking them all out, but after thinking about this for maybe five minutes, I added a few strategically placed French knots which seemed to make them rounder and more grape-like.

What is the mystery bud below the blue flower?
I finished the little blue flower, again padding the petals with DMC floss. There are some sketchy lines just below the blue flower that don't seem to correspond with the original drawing. I'll have to figure out just what to do with it. Besides the mystery bud(s), I only have to finish the centers of the blue and pink flowers, the pink flower buds, a few tendrils and stems here and there, and add a lot of spangles overall. Then comes the construction, which looks pretty easy.

One aggravation that creeped in a few days ago is that I broke the broke the post of this embroidery hoop. It is a large sit upon hoop so now I have to hold it in my hands to work on the project until I can find a replacement.

I'm sure you are all wondering why I have picked this particular project to finish now. Well, there is a very good reason for it. In September, I will be attending the SAGA Convention in Hampton,  Virginia. This particular project is from a class my SAGA chapter in California held back in November, 2013, almost three years ago by the talented Susan O'Connor from Australia. Besides wanting to have a nice bag for the annual banquet, I will be taking three days of classes from Susan. I will definitely want to show this evening bag off!

12 comments:

  1. This will look quite glorious when it is done!

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    1. I certainly hope so! Thanks for your comment.

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  2. Your stitching is amazing Cynthia. That will be quite the beautiful "Show and Tell" piece to take to your classes and every where else, for that matter. Good luck getting it finished.

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    1. Yes, I just need to sit down and finish it. It will be fun to take to places.

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  3. You do such beautiful work! I love it. It helps to have some motivation to finish things. I need some of that. Like you, we've moved and downsized lately, and I had to let some projects go. It's really a good feeling, and I don't regret it at all. Especially since I've added a few more since then. Old habits!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I am trying to let go of a lot of things, too. But I am also adding. It never seems to stop.

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  4. Oh, envy! I'm sure the classes with Susan will be wonderful. And your stitching on the bag looks perfect so far. It will have many admirers!

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    1. Susan is such a great teacher. I'm really looking forward to the whitework class. I really need a lot of practice in it. I'm afraid the stitching looks so good because I'm rather a terrible photographer.

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  5. Cynthia, embroidery is amazing. Well done! Terri

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    1. Hi Terri, It's so nice to hear from you. I love doing this type of embroidery, thanks!

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