Plas Teg Bellpull Kit!

OK, I gave in to temptation and started it (original post describing the kit). Two strands of floss with crewel stitching covers so much more ground than one strand of silk in satin, so I feel like I’m making progress. My other projects require a lot more creative thought, so they’re temporarily on hold until I have the energy for designing.

As I mentioned in the earlier post, I changed all the colors for the kit to slightly more intense shades. The exception is the Dark Ochre and Ochre colors – I really didn’t like the greeny brown DMC floss colors so I swapped them for an orange shade and a pale yellow shade (the edge of the leaf is “dark ochre” and the tendrils are “light ochre”). I’m debating whether the orange is too bright – I like bright but it might be drawing a little too much attention. I’ve got a slightly browner shade of floss I’m debating replacing it with (see photo). Y’all have any comments? The other thing that’s a little tricky for me is stem-stitching the tendrils over the chain stitch main stem.

Anyway, here is another photo of my progress:

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11 Responses to Plas Teg Bellpull Kit!

  1. Laura says:

    Why not leave the orange outline for now and work another leaf in another color combination. Then repeat the orange at some point. The orange could very well blend in when more of the design is complete and be an interesting variation. I find with embroidery colors very often more is better.

  2. GrannySue says:

    How lovely. I like your color choices and am looking forward to watching this progress. I have done the chain stitch on a project before and I swore I’d never do it again as it seemed to take forever. But, after seeing your beautiful work I’m inspired!!!

    • Hannah says:

      I crocheted a lot of doilies as a kid, so chain stitch feels very natural to me. I hadn’t used it in such quantities as this design calls for before – it’s coming out really pretty.

  3. GrannySue says:

    Oh, by the way, I forgot to mention specifically that I like the orange. I think it’s a really nice pop with the blues aquas.

  4. Gwen C says:

    Hannah,
    Found you blog about 4 months ago and just love everything about it. You are so inspiring and just love all the learning opportunities that you have presented to me. Love the orange! Leave it in you might be surprised how well it will blend once the other colors are in place.
    You just keep me in stitches! LOL
    Hope you have a Happy Easter.

  5. Maria Filomena says:

    Lindo trabalho. Parabéns…
    abraços de MF

  6. Elmsley Rose says:

    I think the orange makes the aqua-blue pop as well 🙂 So, the only consideration is the “weighting” of the amount of orange vs the other colours – the aqua blue in particular (which is why the first comment above makes sense). 🙂

  7. Hannah says:

    Well I guess the votes are overwhelmingly pro-orange! So it’ll stay right where it is 🙂

  8. You might find that if you were to put some orange in the top right hand corner (not too much of it!), it would balance the orange in the bottom left corner and help to pull the design together.

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