Wednesday, 14 October 2015

White Embroidery - Peacock

According to my blog I started this around the 9th July so it's taken about three months which isn't bad as there is a lot of stitching on it, all hand stitched. I've used a variety of stitches including - back stitch, running stitch, chain stitch, stem stitch, French knots, couching, fern stitch, satin stitch, blanket stitch. It's stitched on a light cream linen with two strands of white stranded cotton. The photos don't look great, I may try taking some more in different lighting conditions.

Normally I would draw my own pictures but I took a fancy to a page in a colouring book - Secret Garden by Johanna Basford

Wondering how I transferred the image?
I enlarged the image on the computer then printed the design on Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy [over more than one sheet] which you stick to your fabric then stitch on top of it. I did find that it started lifting at the edges so I put running stitches around the edge and that sorted that problem. Because it is sticky the needles got sticky and I had to regularly clean them.

Then the fabric was rinsed, washed and ironed.

I did notice while taking the photos there was one tiny spot of black left. grr

I'm joining in the party at Simply Neutrals Tuesday, if you want to see more work in neutrals take a look here


  1. Wow! I have missed a lot while taking a holiday from blogging! It is a wonderful embroidery Linda, and so different from the colourful and funky artwork you usually show. Didn't you find the sticky sheet a bit annoying?

  2. What a beautiful piece, and so worth the time it took to stitch it. Thanks for sharing! Sue

  3. Oh my, your embroidery is so gorgeous! I love white on white pieces, beautiful! Thank you for linking up to my party :) Wishing you a wonderful day.

  4. Stunning work, so intricate! What a clever use of a colouring book. You should show the author, she would be amazed! Have a great week,

  5. Such a gorgeous piece of lace! I have never seen something like this! thanks for sharing!

  6. This is such a beautiful piece of embroidery and you did a wonderful job using all those different embroidery stitches. I've been wanting to stitch a design from one of Johanna Basford's colouring books as well. This was an excellent choice and fabulously done.

  7. Oh my goodness! This is so amazing! What patience and determination! And so well worth the efforts; as this is gorgeous! (Thanks for the visit too!)~Karen (akaRoosterhead Designs)


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