Y’all, I am back! I was totally swamped by work for a few weeks, but I am resuming posting now. To motivate myself, I started on this lovely Elsa Williams kit, Bluebird Floral. Pretty, isn’t it? I’m just doing this one fairly simply – mostly long and short stitch – so that I can work on it even when I’m tired.
You know me though, I can’t resist meddling. Most of the design is supposed to be worked in wool. I don’t like the wool they provided, so I’ll be working all the flowers in floss. I might leave the birds in wool though. I like that effect in the Bird Brocade kit I’ve been working.
I like it already. Except for the brown french knots on the first flower. I know what they’re supposed to represent, but I think it looks like the flower has chicken pox. I’m probably going to take them out. What do y’all think?
While I understand how you feel about the brown French knots, I wouldn’t take them out until much more of this truly lovely kit is finished. My guess is that from a distance these knots will work beautifully. Personally, I like the touch of reallism that keeps this flower from being too precious!
Well, I will hold off for a bit then and think it over. I can always cut them off later!
I think the knots work. They might be better if the brown thread were darker, but don’t take them out yet!
Maybe I’ll try darker brown french knots on another flower so I can compare.
I agree with Rachel.why don’t you try to finish the leaves near the first flower , fill the flower center and then decide the brown shade ?.
I too wouldn’t take them out yet.
Leave them till you have done more surrounding embroidery.
Hmmm…I agree with you. That flower by itself doesn’t look good.You can put off the french knots for the time being and do everything else. I have seen flowers with spots (black or dark brown),but those were teeny weeny.
Yes, I think any decision will be clearer with a few more flowers to consider.
I think the brown dots look like Blackberry Lily spots – very pretty.
I like the brown spots. It looks as though they are the tips of the stamens, but because they sit flat against the flower they offer a slightly skewed perspective that increase the visual interest of the flower. Without them the flower would appear flat.
Where can I find the Elsa Williams kits, Bird Brocade and Bluebird, you are working on? Thanks
I don’t know, sorry. I ordered it online but that was a while ago