Saturday, 15 November 2014
wool embroidery - start
I made a start on the wool embroidery for my cushion.
In the end I decided to use a design from Karin Holmberg's book.
This is the first time I am embroidering on wool felt.
I am starting with the central motif and I have already realised how different it is from stitching on say cotton or linen fabric. To start with, it is not as easy to mark the design on the fabric. I have marked the whole design on the felt background all in one go, which I now realised was a mistake.
By the time I completed the center ring of leaves, most the rest of the design has rubbed off.
So now I just refresh the outlines and draw the rest free hand as I go along. That is probably how the original wool embroideries were done anyway - freehand.
Also, stitching with on wool on wool, it is more difficult to keep to the line of design. I realised that I can't be as fussy as if I was embroidering with cotton or silk on linen. It is very different, one just has be more bold!
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