project day 15
Well, the silk split stitch is finished, at least, and to be honest that was all intended to do over christmas. Originally the gold background was going to wait until I finished the antependium, freeing up the frame cos the gold needs to be done under tension. However, I’ve been thinking of investing in a spare frame to use at Gareth’s. I’m picky about frames though, I can’t get on with anything but a screw frame and they’re pricey. I was about to buy one when I checked ebay, so now I’m bidding on a couple – fingers crossed! As long as I sort that out one way or another, I should be able to do the gold over the next month or so.
Originally the intention was for the roses to be white, rather than the red shown in the original manuscript this is adapted from – because this is Yorkshire, after all. Then I realised they needed outlining. At first I thought I’d outline them in pink as I have a particular fondness for the humble dogrose, then I had another idea, and proposed it to Gareth.
You see, Gareth used to work in plant sciences as a genetic engineer, as well as being a lifelong fanatical gardener (part of the reason this image spoke to me was because the lovers sit in a garden – not that you’d want to sit in Gareth’s garden at the moment cos he’s, er “renovating” it). One of the many holy grails of gardening is a truly blue rose, so I jokingly proposed it to Gareth and it amused him, especially since I wanted to keep the Yorkshire white and make them picotee roses, which is apparently even harder to breed.
So, picotee blue and white roses it was. I think they’re quite pretty.
Oh, and I meant to say yesterday – yes, I know I don’t always colour within the lines, but they’re my lines, and see them as guidelines that I’m free to ignore as I please.
Next week I’m home and should be able to get on with the antependium at last – I haven’t touched it since before Christmas when I started making presents. But then sometimes it good to have a break from a big project for a while.
But watch this space – hopefully there will be an update soon with the goldwork, and next Christmas I intend to repeat this project with the reverse side of the purse!
And big thankyou to Gareth for taking the pictures each evening.