Long Time No See

I’ve been hit by a fit of the tidy-ups and spent a couple of days rifling through some shelves to try to make more sense of them, and I’ve found a couple of things I’ve not seen in years…

Cornucopia Of Flowers
Cornucopia Of Flowers

This little cornucopia of flowers is rather cute. I found it in a nineteen seventies book about needlecrafts, which is rather a surprise because I don’t think it is a very nineteen-seventies sort of design – and some of the others really were! I’ll try to find the book to tell you what it was called. It’s the same book that I found the girl and her doll described in this post about another forgotten project.

In a fit of masochism (I can’t think of any other reason!) I worked it on watered silk, which is very closely woven and was a severe trial. I had to use sharps rather than my usual embroidery needles! The flowers are satin stitch (I was gradually getting over my aversion!), the leaves lazy daisy, and the sections of the cornucopia itself are in Roumanian stitch, which creates just enough roughness of texture to be interesting.

I think that now I have found it again I shall mount it on a round or oval card (like the Glittering Snail) and add it to the winter decoration corner.


Finished Woolwork
Finished Woolwork

I wrote about this woolwork experiment in 2011, and the last time you saw it, the metal template was still in place. I found it in a box of fabrics that might make good backgrounds, but clearly all I had done was to fill in the centre, add a desultory stem, and sit back and stare at it. Unfortunately, I’m none the wiser as to what to do with the completed piece, or what I might do with the technique…

Close Up Of Woolwork
Close Up Of Woolwork

Doesn’t it look wonderfully woolly, though!

12 thoughts on “Long Time No See

  1. I think you could loose the stem on the Woolly Wonder, draw a circle close around it, fill in the gaps with navy stitching and have a fine circular tree decoration or something to trim a hat or scarf – the red and white looks very warm and Christmassy.

  2. Lovely to go back to history (both from the first very old stitchery) to your own more recent history when you first created these. Lovely little pieces.

  3. The woolwork flower would make a great pin for a jacket lapel and mounting the first piece sounds great.

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