a rather poetic way of saying the tiny hem kept rolling back
i have always liked poetry, love writing it, reading it... even when it's sarcastic...
these holly leaves were an exercise in patience and frustration
many years ago i bought a beautiful book on italian cut-work
and the linen and thread to make a small sample
just one hitch....
the text is in italian
and i don't speak it
well, except for linguine, aqua, vino, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera
my plan was always to make a lovely italian dinner, drink some fine italian wine, put the three tenors on nice and loud, and hope all that italian atmosphere would induce a divine understanding....
no such luck
when i did the embroider, embellish, create class with karen ruane last year i was thrilled to know we would be learning how to do cut-work - i watched the video but didn't have time then to actually do it
this time around, i was pretty sure i remembered how to do it so it was full speed ahead, scissors in hand....
and it became readily apparent i remembered nothing
i struggled along through the first leaf and than, thinking perhaps, just maybe, i might be forgetting something, i looked at this session's video
and found there was definitely a better way
too late for me though - i was past the point of no return... next time i'll do it the easy way
i used the same batik fabric i used for one of the stars - hand dyed and hand-painted from bali
perfect for the delicate holly leaves i was hoping for
the little berry is a funky puff of linen and lace
i want to make more puff balls in every fabric and lace, of every size - they are truly adorable
and then i put in a little time on the section below
the fabric tab has stitching on the top and french knots along the edges to add a kind of picot edging
i couldn't remember how to do a proper picot, and as i learn my lessons well... sometimes....
i need to find my embroidery book of stitches
my english embroidery book
the creamy heart is made with damask, appliqued and outlined with chain stitch
there was a tab above the green french knot heart but it was far too wide so i removed it...toying with ideas now for it's hanger
next up is a little something to keep my favourite holiday memories in...
i am going to miss this cloth when it's all done
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