For those of you who haven’t seen this bit on lj, here is the story so far…
I spent huge chunks of spring half term dyeing wool. It’s a two ply weaving wool that was the closest I could find in weight to appleton’s crewel (my preferred commercial thread)
Now, if I remember this rightly, the colours are, from left- exhaust bath madder, first bath madder, cochineal, a compound overdyed blackish colour from weld+walnut+madder+indigo, walnut, marigold+onion, weld, marigold+onion+indigo, weld+indigo, indigo – however not all of these are for use on the antependium. They look a little dull in this pic, I think.
Next, I pinned my linen to the kitchen floor (table was too small) and marked it out with a permanent fabric marker. I had thought this was an afternoon job, but it turned out to take three days – three days I spent stepping over the canvas and trying no to spill things on it whilst my knees complained that forty year old knees oughtn’t to have to put up with this sort of thing and wasn’t this against union rules?
I did much umming and aahing, then some ahhing and umming, then went back to umming and aahing, over whether or not to put it on the frame at this stage. I know that the “accepted” way of doing things is to work split stitch on a frame, you see, but it gets on my nerves. Instead I decided to do the split stitched silk faces without a frame, then frame the work for the wool.
So I got cracking, thinking, “It’s only thirty some faces, I’ll have it done in no time…” Obviously I had learned nothing from drafting this thing – firstly I’d forgotten how fiddly split stitched faces are, secondly I’ve been away from home a fair bit, and thirdly I ended up putting the whole thing on hold for several weeks to get the Kirkleatham costumes finished.
But now they’re done. Apologies, but I think I lost a few of the pics…