5/31/2010

Diane's Stumpwork block finished.....




















Here is my part of the block and I barely finished on time. It can go into the mail to Arlene in Australia tomorrow... This is one of those times that the finished work was pretty close to what I had envisioned in the first place. That does not happen all that often.. I especially wanted to incorporate the skinny triangle in the upper left into the rest of the block..... Had to tiptoe across Cobi's seam twice to do it. I did echo Cobi's viney approach and her colors. I used a much coarser thread.....cotton perle #12....... No seam treatment here....but I did paint a button for her....


It was my first time to do stumpwork wired flowers and I was sure they would all disintegrate when I cut them out... I did have some problems with the long narrow shape but solved it by doing the blanket stitch all around the couched wire before I started the long and short from the bottom up... Then before I cut them out I shaded them with alcohol inks. Although it doesn't show that well they are rounded and unattached at the mouth of the flower.. I'll want to try it again soon while it is still fresh in my mind...

Here is the entire block..... Still plenty of room for the last two stitchers. A big thank you to the group for extending the time on this one as the block took almost a full month to get here...



5 comments:

Diane said...

It looks wonderful. The little stumpwork flowers look just right, and thank you for the button. I'll be looking forward to it coming home, but it has a lot of travelling to do until then!

Rose Anne B said...

You did a lovely job Gerry on the vine and hummers too! Beautiful!

Cobi said...

Gerry your work is gorgeous. Did you like to work with the wires? I do, I found it not as bad as I thought it would be. I love it how you used the same colors. I don't mind you crossed my seam treatment, you've pulled that empty corner right back into the block. Love your birds. I love humming birds, they're so pretty.

Plays with Needles said...

I'd say it's worth the wait! Most great things are...

kerrykatiecakeskeb43 said...

Just beautiful! Your work is always an inspiration Gerry - thank you for sharing it!
Hugs,
Kerry

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