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Embroidered post card - part one

I have been taking an online class with the fabulous Sharon Boggon called Sumptuous Surfaces.  I've long been an admirer of Sharon's lush style, her penchant for piling more and more embellishment onto a square than you'd think it could take, without it looking the least bit crowded. Sharon has us working on linen, which is really a treat.

I highly recommend the class, and I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the process shots from the sample piece that I'm working on.  I've listed the different stitches that I used.  Most of this piece was worked in size 5, 8, or 12 perle cotton, or in silk threads.  Towards the end I added buttons and beads.   

I pulled threads to mark off the postcard-sized piece of linen and traced the outline of my spiral design lightly in pencil.  I used Portuguese stem stitch and coral stitch to do the outlining.

I used an irregular Cretan stitch to do pulled thread work on a low relief area.  Pulled thread is also called drawn fabric work, and shouldn't be confused with drawn thread work where you actually remove threads. 

I added a buttonhole stitch border all around the outside, working it up into the hole left by the drawn thread border.

Part one
Part two
Part three

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linda said…
wow, beautiful work! I love all the textures... I'm totally captured by pulled thread work... my mother-in-law was telling me how she did that in her teens for all the linens in our's so amazing!
Cyndi L said…
Thanks Linda :-) If you do the pulled work in a regular pattern with really even stitches, you can get it to look like lace.
I love the whole piece so far but am especially intrigued by your pulled thread work. At first I thought it was lace.
Kim Switzer said…
Beautiful! I love your spiral, and the drawn work looks fantastic. I took the Sumptuous Surfaces class a couple of years ago, and I'm always really excited to see other people's work from the class. Thanks for sharing--enjoy the class!
Cyndi L said…
Thanks Kim! It's a wonderful class, isn't it? :-)