Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fleur-de-Lys sampler - update

The last few days I have been working on the Fleur-de-Lys sampler a few minutes/hours at a time... things are going slower than usual, but I am glad I picked this sampler back up again.  I enjoy the variety of stitches - it is a lot of fun.
So I have made progress - slow but steady... have placed all the bands, finished stitching the top most band,still have to finish all  the cut-work, withdrawn the threads and set up the initial grids for the needle-weaving bands. 
Here are some of the pictures of my progress...


Established bands and then started withdrawing threads and stabilizing the area

Stabilized bottom band - ready for needle-weaving

Top band in this area - still have to finish the cut-work and center area
- lots of fiddly, careful cutting required which is a bit of a challenge with the shoulder issue  

All the bands established and the way the sampler is right now...

Most interesting to note how a frozen shoulder affects your stitching tension...
usually I do not have to pay much attention to this anymore - it was almost second nature to pull the threads evenly each time irrelevant of technique or thread type. These days I had to pay constant attention to this and sometimes without warning my shoulder would 'take over' and things got pulled too hard... the result was breaking some of the linen fabric threads (40ct. so quite thin) ... so I got more 'experience' in repairing those areas ... more physical therapy never hurts. 

It feels good to be able to do 'something' even if it means working through the pain...
This is a beautiful sampler of interesting bands and I am glad I rescued it from the UFO drawer.   

5 comments:

Mary Corbet said...

I love this! It looks like a fun sampler with lots of variety! Your drawn thread areas look so very perfect!

Maxine D said...

Ouch to the frozen shoulder - I am working with RSI at the moment - equally frustrating.
Love the look of your sampler to date.
Blessings
Maxine

Becca Cohn said...

I absolutely love the name of your blog, it is so pretty! The work you do is even prettier. I enjoy doing cutwork samplers as well. I am enjoying following your blog. I hope your shoulder is feeling better. Youth is definitely wasted on the young! ;)

Karoline said...

Your sampler is looking stunning, hope your shoulder is feeling better soon

Nupur said...

Thanks for all your comments - this is a really 'fun' sampler; has a fair amount of complexity. When I started this sampler years ago a number of techniques were new to me - interesting to note how my perspective has changed since then... learning needlework techniques is cumulative and there are so many types of needlework that we will always have fun!