From Inspiration Source to Stitching
Putting inspiration into action is often a difficult thing when it comes to starting a new Ecclesiastical Embroidery project, especially if it is a little larger hand embroidery project. A larger hand embroidery project can entail size, technique, design complexity of the embroidery pattern, and many more concerns. Taking those first stitches, however, and having them look well is a thrill!
Over the past week or so, I have been writing about the Easter Set Pulpit fall, the steps taken to get that framed up, and the design transferred using the prick and pounce method. So, here is a quick update on where the project is at.
The background in the quarter circle surrounding the cross needs to be filled in with stitching. The silk embroidery floss used here is from Au Ver A Soie – Soie Ovale in Crème – using a size 26 crewel needle. This is a flat silk and it works beautifully for this type of hand embroidery stitching. The threads are stitched on the surface side only, going back and forth across the width of the area being stitched. Some of the stitches are not very long, but there is one side where the stitches run the entire length of the quarter circle. It takes a bit of practice using a laying tool to get the hang of straightening all of the fibers before pulling the embroidery floss to the backside. The good thing is that for the most part, the area is not very large to begin with, so it has stitched up much faster than I expected for this one area.
And here is the area completely stitched with the flat silk. There are a few tiny imperfections if one were to look very close, but luckily, depending on the angle of the camera, the imperfections are not as noticeable. There are a few little tricks that might be helpful if you would be interested in giving this a try. The first thing to remember is do not use a long strand of the embroidery floss. I use a length that is about as long as my arm from finger tips to elbow. Next, when pulling the embroidery floss through the fabric, get in the habit of pulling the floss straight up or straight down as it goes through the fabric. Finally, use a laying tool of some sort to stroke the threads in the direction the need to go in as they are stretched across the width of the fabric and being pulled to the backside. The stroking will straighten out any fibers that are twisted, so that every fiber is smooth as it is laid down on the surface.
It is a relief to know the small areas could be done in this variation of the Italian hand embroidery stitch. What is next? Stitching down the silk with the goldwork couching to prevent any snags that would require repair. Well, I had better get back to stitching for now. Thanks for following along.
Solo Dei Gloria
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