Monday, November 16, 2015

Goldfish fins

I finished the fins and the body of the goldfish. I believe I need to do short stitch holding on the white tummy; which may interfere with the bumps. It looks so nice now that I want to skip the short stitch holding. I'll ask Mary Alice. I am also leaving the scales and the fin "ribs" for later - to avoid snagging on the metal threads that are the scales and ribs.

Working on the tail fins next, after protecting the body with tissue.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Goldfish Blending

I did the blending two ways: on the front of the body I used 6 sugas of orange thread to cover the shared holes of the orange and white threads - you can still see the uncovered holes on the back half of the body. On the front fin, I used 6 sugas of white thread to cover the shared holes. It doesn't look any different, but on certain angles the white looks better. However I need to continue with the orange thread for the remainder of the body, and then I'll switch to the other way around for the tail fins.

I also made sure there is a one point opening between the fins and the body. Suzy (my art teacher) said she was told to do the same for her paintings - so it must be the "universally correct" way!

The fish has a cute fat tummy...

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Midori's Goldfish

Finally got back to working on Japanese embroidery. The goldfish from Midori is easier...
The fishes have to be outlined with running stitch. I used running stitches for the fins and backstitch for the body. There are little padded blobs on the tummy, and a bump on the forehead. Midori's silk threads are 16 sugas, and they seem to be easier to work with than the JEC ones - although that sometimes is dependent on the color of the thread.

Here are all my "personal devices" in order to maintain the correct weft angle. These include a T-square, a flexible ruler, and a programming template (from my previous life). As  it turns out, the thinnest devices work the best.

Today's progress:

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Rosy Posy Finished

I was very nervous when cutting the design out; I was expecting beads to fall all over the floor. Fortunately with Fray Check and very sharp scissors, it came out ok. I used spray-on glue to attach the flower to the background material.

The before:


Now either back to Antique Mirrors, or Goldfish, or wait! I have to make Christmas ornaments for sale to support animal shelters - excellent excuses here...

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Rosy Posy done

Finished with all the stitching. Next is cutting it out and mounting it, should be interesting. I think lots of Fray Check will be called for,

Saturday, October 17, 2015


Got the goodies package from Mary Alice - yay! She sent me 2 packs of blue beads; the small and the large ones. I debated about using the small beads for the petals, for a more refined look, but decided on the bigger beads instead. I'm in the middle of doing the outer petals, using the para technique with a large pale blue bead and a small medium blue bead. I will finish this up before going back to Japanese embroidery.

Progress with the kikko's so far...

Saturday, October 10, 2015


Back to Antique Mirrors. I'm improving on the kikko's. The pencil marks certainly helped. Here's the blue kikko - I was attempting to use the diagonal holding to better define the shape. Not a great success, but compared to previous attempts, much improved. I may re-stitch it later.

Then I realize that where the padding cotton does not form a right angle with the top twisted thread - due to the way I stitch the padding cotton - that it requires more padding. So where the angle is shallow, I added 2 more strands of padding cotton. The bottom half done brown kikko is the latest - and the best. I'll see how it looks once I've completed it with the lighter brown color. I also tried to make a better corner by exaggerating the point.

I'm thinking of staying with this piece instead of switching to Goldfish next week, which I had initially planned. I had framed up the Goldfish already. The fabric is a really pretty watery patterned silk.