As part of a Home Study Course I’m completing in crewel embroidery, through the Embroiderer’s Guild NSW, I completed a Deerfield piece inspired by a project in Inspirations issue #56.
I’m not ordinarily a “blue” person, in all honesty it is probably one of my least favourite colours. BUT for some unexplainable reason, I LOVE Deerfield embroidery which is primarily blue on white. I received my assessment back from the teacher and I was again praised for my stitches and tension control in my embroidery. In this piece I experimented a little with using negative spaces/minimal stitch use and thankfully, that gamble paid off. The teacher’s comments to this effect were:
“…you observed the tonal values of the blues from very dark to very light create a wonderful effect of light, shade and perspective…”
“…I note that you wished to experiment with minimal stitch use and the result is very appealing, I like it very much – for the pattern of open seeding stitches used on the body, the solid New England Laid stitches on the wing and around the neck, and the solid satin and French knots in two of the three circles [berries]…”
I’m pretty happy with my progress in this course so far. Hopefully I can clear up this sinus infection that I yet again have, so that I can get cracking with my next module.