Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Bloom SAL (A Finish)

Earlier this month I finished a little embroidery I started back in March. The pattern is called Bloom by Jessica Long at Namaste Embroidery and it was run as a Sew-Along which I failed to keep up with! After my success using colour-tinting on my February embroidery, I had another go for this, and again I'm really pleased with the results. I love the depth it gives the piece without the need to infill entire flowers or leaves, yet it doesn't over-power the embroidery. I have bought a greater variety of pencils already so expect more colour-tinting to come!

I've done embroidery for a long time, firstly cross-stitch and then free embroidery, but I rarely use any more than 2 threads (of 6-stranded embroidery thread - normally DMC). This was a little different as large parts of the work were done in all 6 strands. And much as I love the finished look with the large flowers popping out boldly, I did not enjoy sewing it. Even after changing to a larger needle, there was a lot of stress on my hands gripping the needle to pull it through the fabric. It was good experience and it's good to know for future embroideries.

But it certainly wouldn't stop me buying more of Jessica's patterns - the instructions were well written and she has some beauties to chose from!

This is a Finish Along finish. You can find my original list here

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