Megan the orchid was loosing a flower so I picked it and drew a template from her sacrifice. At first I was going to make a stumpwork pattern but instead decided to start with a needle painting. Maybe this will go into the embroidered quilt. The biggest job is finding the right colors, DMC's colors don't seem to ever have the right shades of purple! The colors I picked out are pretty but not accurate. The truth is that I keep changing the colors and perhaps I need to shop for some more floss!
I have been working on the needle painted yellow poppy. I am still having a hard time with the shadows on the petals. To little and the depth is wrong to much and the petals blend into each other. This is a bit harder on a poppy because the petals don't overlap as much as other flowers. So there is just a small but important amount of shadow to work. Needle painting seems to be a type of embroidery that takes a bit more creative thought and is unique to each needleworker. Makes be long for a painted canvas! Not a lot of decisions to make just a lot of fun stitching!
Yesterday I started several projects. Not exactly a great idea to start more embroideries but sometimes I have to take advantage of being able to iron the fabric. So I started working on a Jacobean style embroidery using the wool and some natural colored linen fabric. The other day I was trying to come up with a Jacobean design when I received yet another book from www.paperbackswap.com. The book was "The Margaret Boyles Book of Needle Art. There are several designs in the book that I really like and it saved me having to make up my own Jacobean designs.