|a little fuzzy but shows imitation jap being laid for the body|
I have just completed the last few stitches of my goldwork project and just in time as my Sister and I want to learn Stumpwork together.
Couching imitation jap to outline the wings in a similar fashion to the larger dragonfly - but this time there isn't any paper underneath.
I styled the smaller dragonfly little differently to try and give depth and distance.
In preparation for the anticipated stumpwork a little bit of needle weaving for the wings
Imitation jap for the abdomen and wing outlines - couched. Smooth purl cutwork for the thorax and a black bead for the head.
Blue needle weaving gives a similar effect to the wings of the smaller dragonfly as the couched imitation jap used on the larger one.
So now the work is finished- yes it has been time consuming but so enjoyable that I have often been surprised to see just how much time has past. It is not the cheapest form of embroidery but it is so very very beautiful and I can hardly wait to start another project. The things I know for certain are that I must buy a proper pair of goldwork scissors using cutters as I did does damage the purl and twist etc. The term cutwork confused me to begin with as I associated it with WHITEWORK and here it means something completelydifferent. Rough hands catch on the threads (not 100% sure I can always solve that problem). I wouldn't have been so sure I could do this without the excellent books from SEARCH PRESS. http://www.searchpress.com/book/9781844487028/goldwork
All there is left to do is to display my work so I will get the maximum enjoyment from it.