09 November 2010
I love perusing old books for embroidery ideas. This daisy came from Beeton's Book of Needlework (image 544), available online with Project Gutenberg. The original was meant to be completed using all Guipure d'Art also known as needle weaving. I chose to needle weave only the flower petals and did the rest in padded satin stitch. I can tell by my stitching when my eyes get tired, as the work begins to get less precise! Time for a new pair of sewing glasses I think! Regardless, I'm pleased with the way this turned out!
Here is an overall look at block 4 as it stands right now. The rose trellis is the next part to be completed in the lower left. Since the silkie on this block doesn't have a bird on it, I plan to add an embroidered dove, though I'm not certain yet, just where it will go. This block is also lacking in silk ribbon embroidery, so there needs to be at least one SRE motif too.
FYI, I've added a link on the sidebar for online embroidery resources of some of the wonderful old books that I love taking inspiration from! How wonderful that these rare books are now available for all of us to explore once again!