Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Goldwork edging: cowslip and ferns

I'm making good progress with the goldwork edging, with quite a bit to show you today.  First, the cowslip in the centre of the panel.  Here are the leaves, with the gold thread couched with Madeira stranded cotton 1410:

The smallest of the three flowers, using Madeira 0105 for the couching stitches:

And the medium-sized one:

As the flowers are quite a complex shape, I can't just go all the way round with one length of thread, I need to stop and start.  So, here's the largest flower before I finished off the ends, to show how many small lengths were needed:

The ends were all pulled through to the back of the fabric and finished off neatly:

So here's the cowslip, nicely edged with gold:

This central section also has three more ferns, and I did them next.  The one above the cowslip:

Below and to the right:

And to the left:

Here's the central section with the finished cowslip and ferns, and a couple of little flowers creeping into shot:

And all the goldwork edging done so far:

I'm over half way!  There's still quite a bit of edging to do, but at least I feel I'm on the last lap.  Of this phase, anyway...


  1. I may not comment on many of your blog posts but I have been following your progress with much interest. I just want to say Thank You for sharing all the step by step photos of this project.

    It's great seeing it all come together and your work is just wonderful.

    Are you keeping a note of how many hours you are spending on it? I could imagine it's quite a few!

  2. Thank you! It's lovely to know that people are following the project, and always say such nice things.

    I have a spreadsheet where I'm logging all time spent on the project. I haven't added it up recently, but when I've finished this panel, I'll let you know how long it's taken so far. It's a LOT, I know that much!