So pleased with myself – Pity you can’t see the grin. I’ve also tracked down a second workbook by Surjeet Hussain!! ( Only one to go)
It’s on order and whilst I am waiting the wip on the Lotus flower is coming along great 🙂 I have the background quilting to do and mirrors to insert – when the workbook on Shisha arrives.
I have started a second motif and I’m attempting to learn how to use running stitch “directionally” (my word) because as I study the photographs of Kantha quilts the diagonal use of the stitch as solid filling and the way bands of stitch form arrowhead, zig-zag patterns and other shapes looks like it may be satin stitch. I think though, it is a shift of running stitches travelling in different directions that form the outline as well as the whole shape.
It really does feel weird to shift the direction of a row of stitches in more than one direction and so the result on the leaf motif is anything but neat! I have stitched a tiny portion on the left half of the leaf in satin stitch so you can see the difference in appearance(will be taking this out). I decided to embroider a different shade of variegated thread between the orange areas – I quite like the effect. Those of you out there who are more familiar with this style of quilting maybe able to tell me more about this and even leave a few tips for improving my technique – please do!!!
What is wip, I hear some of you ask, it is a space for all like-minded embroiderers to meet and post up their latest progress each week. It is such a help in keeping on track with your work and a chance to see what everyone else is up to. It is over on Sharon B’s website pintangle.