2 years of on and off stitching on this, thousands upon thousands of stiches, probably 100+ hours total hand work, and my Rose Trio is finally done!
It turned out mostly as I imagined it. I did make a few changes along the way, adding in a couple more greens and a brown to the stems, and adding some extra stitches at the end to the pink rose to get it more in line with what I wanted. It’s amazing how a few stitches (or 20) can slightly change the look.
There are a few wrinkles I need to steam out then get it framed, but it is DONE! FINALLY!
Am I excited? You bet! Now to pick my next needlepainting project.
My current thoughts are drawing this out and needlepainting it:
Or doing this one as needlepainting:
Or a few other ideas that I have pictures of buried deep in the almost 3,000 pictures on my phone. Decisions.
This year is proving to be even busier than last year for work, especially Wednesdays and Thursdays. So I haven’t had much time to do very much crafting of any sort in months. Just a little here and there.
I’ve done a little crocheting:
I did some sewing back in January at our sewing retreat (Sew Crazy quilt store sewing retreat). I finished one quilt top that I can’t share because it’s a gift for someone. I also worked on trying to design something new.
Last night I finally took some time to myself and worked on some needle painting embroidery again. My rose trio was feeling neglected. I added a bit more to the greenery and started filling in one of the roses.
Remember my telling you about the new feral kitten my hubby brought home? She’s growing up nicely and had become my little velcro shadow. I finally have a lap kitty!
True blue roses. Rare, and said not to occur in nature, at least not until fairly recently.
After the iris, I decided to combine the rose and rosebud from Trish Burr’s book into one design. The only real change to either design was to add the thorny stem.
For fun, I got my colored pencils out again and colored in the paper drawing after the design had been transferred to fabric.
I’m still loving needle painting. It is relaxing. And you end up with a (hopefully) beautiful result. You can fix a section with a subtle addition of a few stitches, as I mentioned in my last post.
Ready for the roses?
Well, what do you think? Was blue a good choice of color?
I still need to put it on interfacing and then bind it, but I need to get more interfacing first.
The next design is one that is not from a book. I looked up hibiscus flowers and studied them then drew out a design. Then i compared it to a couple of other drawings. Mine was fairly similar to another so I want to get the link for that one before i share mine here.
I’m working on my second needle painting project, a rose and rosebud.
I chose a peach shadow play fabric for the background and decided to make blue and cream color roses.
I’m not done yet, but I wanted to show how just a couple little stitches in another shade can make a subtle difference.
I didn’t have enough green shades to do a couple of the leaves but i filled them in anyway. The leaves in question are the brightest ones which go from bright green to light green rather abruptly. This picture is before:
So, I visited the craft section of the local store and picked up a few new embroidery colors.
Ok. … a couple more than just a few. But they are all ones i didn’t have and they were a good price.
Using #471, I added some stitches between the bright and light on the leaves.
It’s subtle, but it’s less of a jump from the bright to light now.
A few stitches can make a difference. (I hope I’m not the only one to see the difference).
Hm. Should i give you a sneak peek at the rosebud?
That’s all you get until the rest of it is done!