Thursday, May 24, 2012

Cathy's Fools Gold Round Robin Block

At last I am back to stitching and re-connected somewhat to the internet so am able to share some photos of what I have been working on.  This is a block for Cathy L in the Fools Gold Round Robin.  I decided to experiment with the new DMC soluble canvas as an alternative to using waste canvas and that is how I created the rose (more on my experience with that technique in the next post).  It is done in six shades of Kreinik braid and the back stitching is done in a metallic filament.  The circle patch is outlined in a braid, couched down.
I chose this block because of the vertical seam lines which appealed to me and my love of seam treatments - perfect place to go crazy with them!
Starting on the short right seam, I used one gold colour of Kreinik #3 braid for a Herringbone Stitch and stitched Cretan Stitch on top in another shade of the Kreinik.  I added trios of Detached Chain Stitch (lazy daisy) at the points of the herringbone and on the points of the Cretan Stitch I added amber flower beads.
The center seam was made by making a series of five lines of small straight stitches and then threading back and forth through them with Japan gold thread, once with gold colour and once with silver colour.  Trios of bugle beads were stitched down at each curve and a bead added.
The last seam, on the far left, was started with back and forth semi circles stitched across the seam line using copper coloured #4 Kreinik braid in Chain Stitch.  The Fly Stitch leaves were added on Chain Stitch branches in the same thread and placed asymmetrically wherever my eye thought they were needed.
The large leaf charm is a piece of reclaimed jewellery and can be easily removed is Cathy doesn't care for it.  I'm not sure of it myself.  In any case, it is on it's way to the next stitcher and I hope Cathy enjoys what I've done.


Mosaic Magpie said...

Nice job! I always struggle with metallic threads. It was nice to include the piece of jewelry for Cathy to leave or use in another project.

Wendy said...

This turned out really pretty Kerry!

Arlene White said...

Lovely, the black on the gold is amazing. Arlene

Annie said...

Love that shiny stuff, so pretty! And I'm really interested in reading the details of working with soluble canvas. I keep picturing a gooey mess and it scares me!

Gerry Krueger said...

It turned out really great... I am looking forward to these blocks as I loved the gold-on-black with Janet's block.. Don't you just love the Krienik golds? Gerry

Cathy said...

Thank you, Kerry. It's very elegant looking. And you chose one of my favs - roses.

Cathy L