On first glance this band and the remaining area did not seem too interesting to me - just more blackwork and satin stitches but then I realized there was much more to this area than I had initially anticipated. It provided me with hours of most enjoyable study and stitching!
This little band had an interesting interpretation of design and stitch placement... blackwork, satin stitches and trellis stitches. I decided to work the trellis stitches in different orientations to see if working direction and stitch orientations mattered and if they enhanced the textural quality of the design. Initially when I was placing the blackwork outlines I did not quite understand why there were such 'weird' petals, both shapes and angles seemed to be all quite arbitrary BUT then when I was working out the details of the trellis stitch and other patterns and color placement I was most intrigued by how such a small area allowed me to obtain a deeper appreciation on how to turn angles and 'fit' the detached trellis stitch to the shape. This was perhaps one of the most interesting areas to stitch on this sampler and a great study!
Here are some pictures of the completed band and then some closeups of the trellis stitch in progress...
|A most surprising band...|
|An interesting interpretation of a motif and stitches - don't remember stitching something like this satin stitch area before|
|Trellis Stitch in progress|
|The trellis stitch is detached and quite textural|
|Hope you can see the dimensionality of the trellis stitch in this motif|
Please email me personally if there are any other questions ... hope you understand... I know you all like to see my close up photographs but it is an area of concern especially for designers who depend on the income from their reproductions and designs and one of the reasons I have yet to post my own designs here....