Every now and then I am asked whether there are any plans to stock printed panels for silk ribbon embroidery, so I have been considering it for some time. The problem is that it’s not an easy job to make a quality print to serve as a backdrop for embroidery. After all, if it was easy, there would have been plenty of them on the market!
However, I’m delighted to report that after a number of false starts and dead ends I managed to tackle numerous obstacles, so now I think I have an answer. Please welcome — crisp in colour and fine in detail — a series of vintage fabric postcards!
Most of us make New Year resolutions, and I’m not an exception. Every year I promise myself that I won’t start any new stitching project until I finish numerous ones I started before. Frankly there’s quite a few unfinished pieces in my so called ‘Project Box’. Every year I break my own promise and start a new piece that later on ends up in the ‘Project Box’! It definitely isn’t working this way and so this year I’ve made a resolution not to start anything big and focus on the contents of the box. I’m making progress actually. For example, I finished one goldwork embroidery that had spent two years in the box waiting, and there’s a couple of embroideries I’m currently working on. This branch of forget-me-not flowers is one of those pieces.
I stitched this piece just before Easter, but couldn’t find time for sharing it. We moved house, at the end of March, then it was Easter break, then it was never-ending struggle with boxes all over the place, and finally yesterday I finished unpacking my studio stuff and put all the things on their places, so I can comfortably do my job again. The rest of the house is still a real mess though, but at least one room here — my studio — looks nice and tidy. To celebrate the fact I’ve arranged some photo shooting today whilst it’s still spring here and my seasonal embroidery hasn’t got completely outdated. If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen it already there. I managed to post a photo of the unfinished embroidery just before moving.
This is a postcard I made. I love simple ways of finishing embroidery pieces, and I’ve got an idea of making a collection of silk ribbon embroidery postcards. They would look lovely pinned to a wall in my studio, and it does take little time to complete such a small embroidery. In fact it took me about two evenings to finish it including time I spent making the design and choosing materials!