I’m starting a new project! (post with an overview of Castelo Branco embroidery). I am working this bird design from the Castelo Branco magazine Méri sent, using the Portuguese silk and rayons she sent (previous post on the lovely gifts from Portugal). Here is my progress so far:
I worked two petals on this flower. I’m doing it in pink because I have more of that color available). Isn’t it pretty? I’m still working on my stitching. The thread is some kind of rayon, with lots of strands and a strong predilection for frizzing. It’s giving me a some trouble. The results are beautiful though, so I’m excited about the project.
I don’t have any yellow threads but I like the cheerful yellow color of the bird in the picture. I’m trying to work out what a good thread available in the US would be. I’ve started here with some kind of rayon I think, but it’s definitely not a match. It’s not fluffy enough, and has only two strands. I have a little Pearsall’s silk but I’m not sure that’s a match either. I will have to try again. Maybe another kind of rayon. It reminds me a little of Chinese silk.
In other news, I have discovered Q-snap frames. These are great! Easy to use, cheap, and they don’t crumple my fabric like hoops do.