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« on: September 04, 2015 08:38:09 AM »

At last month's Needlecraft guild meeting we got a little kit of a piece of calico and an outline shape to trace - either a bird or a butterfly.  Then we practised the technique of outlining the shape in french knots that start out very close together and then move further apart.  Changing  the shade of embroidery thread also adds to the effect.
   This is the bird I made

but since I am never happy unless my embroidery has some purpose in life, I turned it into a child's apron using some spare calico I had in store, with a scrap of green satin ribbon to prettify the waistband



I also embellished the pocket by inserting some green embroidery thread using the pulled-thread technique.

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« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2015 08:54:20 AM »

That is so pretty! It looks like a lot of work. Excellent job.
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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2015 09:23:19 AM »

I love this technique and you seem to have mastered it. The apron is quite lovely. I think I need to find a needlework guild. That sounds super fun.
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« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2015 10:37:39 AM »

Thank you both.
I must say I do not like french knots very much. I'm glad I persevered but I don't know if I'll do it again.

Our Needlecraft guild is just an association of people who like to knit, sew, crochet - anything that involves a needle or hook.   We meet once a month and the committee almost always organises for us to try a new technique which will be taught by one of the other members who volunteers for it. Some of our members are very experienced and very happy to share their skills. So it isn't really a formal Guild at all. You could easily start one of your own with a few like-minded friends. One of the things I really like about our guild is that for a lot of our members who are older and don't get out that much it is a good social occasion and for us younger (-ish) ones we get to learn so much from them, skills that might otherwise be lost when they pass away.
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« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2015 12:45:55 PM »

This beautiful and makes such a wonderful apron!
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« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2015 01:18:18 PM »

What you have done reminds me so much of an embroidery style called "candlewicking"

Here: http://blog.embroideryonline.com/Home/Article/106/The-History-of-Candlewicking

Very nice project. I love what you did  Grin

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Oh, and I add that I recently joined a local Quilters guild. And we meet once a month. I love those ladies, and many share other artistic talents, too. Great that you joined on to one of those. They rest my soul, and I am sure the do the same for you.
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« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2015 03:57:43 PM »

Turned out beautifully! I too am not a fan of French Knots!
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« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2015 10:21:52 PM »

Thank you everyone.  I didn't know about candlewicking. It looks very pretty and traditional.
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« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2015 09:25:39 AM »

Simply beautiful.  Smiley

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« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2015 01:15:22 PM »

Thank you very  much.
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