The linen is not ironed yet, obviously! I haven't quite decided how to finish it off.
I experimented a bit more with embroidery after finishing my monochromatic postcard last month. The class with Sharon Boggon called Sumptuous Surfaces has drawn to a close, but I know I'll be incorporating a lot of what I learned into future projects.
Using the same basic shape as a beginning, I added color to this one. It's really very similar to the first in many ways, but I did layer a few more stitches this time. If you'd like a list of the stitches used, that information is available in the series on the other postcard that is linked above. Take a look at parts one and two for a list of the flat stitches and the high relief stitches, respectively.
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Question: you mention you haven't ironed the linen yet. How can you iron it without damaging the beads? How do you get between them?
In this case, the only part that needs to be ironed is where the embroidery hoop was, so the beads aren't as issue. When the whole piece needs to be pressed, I turn it upside down on top of several layers of terry cloth towels and press lightly with a steam iron. Then the dimensional embroidered parts can be gently "fluffed" back up before it totally cools off.