Friday, August 26, 2011

Lacy Petals

Yesterday I finished stitching the 15th lacy stumpwork petal for my Breakfast at Tiffany's block.


As I was stitching the petals, I was worried that the couched wire outlining the petals was going to be too strong compared to the laciness of the petal...


Overall, I think they'll be great and the delicacy of the lace of the petal really comes through which I'm happy about.

One thing I did notice was that I need a much more precise pair of scissors...like these used for hardanger...in order to clip all those threads super close. A macro lens is good for pointing that stuff out.


So...as the Mad Hatter said in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland after the Red Queen had imprisoned and forced him to become her personal Hatter...

"It's good to be working at my trade again."

If you're wondering what my Breakfast at Tiffany's project is...you can read prior posts on the topic here and the originating post describing the inspiration behind the block here.

Happy weekend everyone!

P.S. We are preparing for Hurricane Irene. Though our house is up high on a hill, our little historic mill town of Ellicott City is situated right on the Patapsco River. It flooded in 1972 during Hurricane Agnes so keep your fingers crossed for us this weekend that this doesn't happen again...(that's the second floor of the building showing above the flood)


23 comments:

The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure said...

I have my fingers crossed as hard as possible, consistent with stitching, that the hurricane doesn't flood you. Keep safe, above all.

FlowerLady said...

Your needle work is always a treat to see.

Love, hugs and prayers to you and yours, and everyone else on the east coast where Irene is going to go.

FlowerLady

Front Range Stitcher said...

Exquisite work! Happy for your return, stay safe.

Mary Ann Tate said...

Beautiful work as always:) Good luck with the storm...fingers crossed all goes well.

My favourite small scissors are 4 inch embroidery by Gingher made in Italy...super sharp. I bought them at a needlecraft show and I wish I had bought a larger size as well.

Gerry Krueger said...

I'm watching the hurricane news all the time... We have so many stitching friends in the path... My very favorite scissors for truely fine intricate cutting are the ones sold to men who tie flies.. they will indeed cut a hair on a gnat... Hugs G.

verobirdie said...

Keeping my fingers crossed for you. Let's us know you are OK as soon as you can...
Hugs

Cyn said...

I remember when it flooded and seeing all of the pictures on the news.

We are also preparing up here in Central Maryland. Filling up the bathtub with water as we are on well and septic in addition to all of our other preparations.

Sigh...

Cynthia

Vicky~ stichr ~ said...

scary stuff...your stitching...

hah!

Suztats said...

Such beautiful lace flowers!
Fingers crossed and prayers sent forth for safety.

Vicky~ stichr ~ said...

gerry is right...the scissors at a fly fishing site are way less costly and have some wicked sharp tips!

Rachel said...

I didn't realise you were in the path of it. Hope you stay safe.

Love the petals!

MosaicMagpie said...

Hoping for the best for you with the hurricane. The petals are lovely. I will have to look for the fly tying scissors Gerry mentioned.
Deb

Elmsley Rose said...

Beautiful flowers!

I'm going to get the Kai UltraSharp scissors for Stumpwork from http://www.alisoncoleembroidery.com.au/supplies.html.

I haven't used them before, but they sound good! Maybe you could start a discussion on Stitchin Fingers on the best stumpwork scissors (pronounced "skissors")

a2susan said...

As a native New Englander, I am saying prayers and hoping for the best for everyone on the east coast.
Stay safe.

Vicki W said...

Agnes is the one that also flooded my town (Bassett, VA). I remember over 5 feet of water in our basement. It was horrible!

Lisa said...

Gorgeous petals! As always, your stitches are meticulous! The petals are going to look wonderful!

Prayers for you and everyone else I know on the east coast as this hurricane heads your way. Be safe!

Sandie said...

Wonderful fine needlework!
Praying that you don't get flooded and that you are safe and well.

Sandie xx

Miriam said...

Stay safe, Susan.

Beautiful stitching on your petals.

Sweetpea said...

Keeping you in my thoughts, moon sistah....fingers crossed, toes too, and 8 paws of the woofies thrown in for good measure!

Carol said...

The flowers are supurb.

I have been thinking of you and several of my other friends that are in the storm path and am only thinking thoughts that all well be safe.
xx, Carol

Claudine brodeuse de perles said...

Qu'est-ce que c'est beau ! Un magnifique travail. Bisous. A bientôt

Allison Ann Aller said...

The right scissors can change your life! Let us know which ones you find for this kind of work.
Crossing my fingers for you all this week-end....

Barbara C said...

I hope you and yours weather the storm without incident. It's good seeing you work on this piece again.

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