Friday, 5 December 2014

Weaving a story

I'm working the last stages of  my Whitework now but probably the most scary.

First a section of drawn thread work. Random widths of threads were removed and hemmed with traditional hemstitch or herringbone hemstitch then worked with knotted, twisted or woven fillings or surface embroidery - here feather stitch.

Withdrawn threads

Then the cut eyelets were filled with needle woven Ayreshire fillings worked with fine 80/3 lace thread. There are three but one hasn't photographed well as it is so lacy. I did try working the smaller eyelets but they didn't look good so I will leave them just oversewn.

Ayreshire fillings

Now I am working detached leaves and the head feathers then I should be ready to cutaway the linen to reveal the embroidered net. My hand shakes thinking about it!