Thursday, 4 January 2018

Arabian Nights Progress Report 1

This new year I have decided that while I love hardanger and I like cross stitch surface embroidery and I will never have such an intimate relationship.
Nevertheless, Arabian Nights is progressing.   I started off using the floss ply as per the "recipe" but it was too thick for my liking and difficult to keep an even tension on four separate strands.   So I reversed myself out of the corner, made my own decision and am much happier now.
While the transfer survived 45 years on paper, I doubted that it would wear so well when transferred to the fabric so have folded up the bottom and am working from the top down. 
Although I say that I don't enjoy surface embroidery as much it is fun learning the different stitches even if I do have to hunt out my old stitch dictionary for assistance.   So far pricked finger tips, strained eyesight and less than 100% enthusiasm have produced this. (Excuse the poor photography)

7 comments:

  1. Your progress is beautiful--very challenging to work on a project which you do not love

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  2. I think your progress is very impressive Margaret, well done.

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  3. That's beautiful, Margaret. I love the colours. Amazing to think that the transfer worked after all those years!

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  4. It's looking marvelous! Would think the dark fabric would be difficult to work on, but you've done so much!

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  5. Love the colours on this. I am definitely a cross stitcher not an embroider too.

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  6. I haven't dared try something like this yet, but I'd love to - if only to learn all those different stitches! I don't think I'd be very good though, I prefer having clear instructions over improvising. Your is looking spectacular!

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  7. Less than 100% enthusiasm! LOL. I started as a surface embroiderer in the 70s, but you'll notive I haven't been back. ;)

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