Sunday, September 21, 2008

Wired effects

I have set the frame aside and am now working on a piece of batiste in a hoop. I really enjoy working the wired effects on a piece of stumpwork, so bear with me during these parts! LOL First, I traced the leaf and the two parts of the butterfly wing. Next the wire is couched down around the outside of the design, and then buttonholed with a single strand of the DMC thread. Next, one side of the leaf is done and then the other, using the outline stitch. The wires will remain in place for attaching to the surface of the piece later on.
Next, repeating the wire attachment for the bottom butterfly leaf, I couched, then buttonholed the outline. Then I did an outline stitch for the wing segments, and have now started the satin stitch to fill in the outer sections to match the body of the butterfly on the frame.
Although delicate in appearance, these components will be fairly stable when added to the piece due to the wires.


Possibilities, Etc. said...

That leaf is totally beautiful!! What patience you have. This gets more interesting every time you work on it.

The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure said...

I love this part--where the stumpwork section is actually made. It never gets old!