It’s finished

My Su embroidery was finally finished yesterday. It has been pressed and is ready to be framed.




Before I started I found a mount to fit.  As you can see it doesn’t fit any more. In spite of being stitched on a frame, it has pulled in.  I have a plan B, but may need a plan C…….

May 26, 2016. Embroidery, Filament silk, silk shading, Su embroidery. 2 comments.

Almost done

It’s almost done now.  I expect to finish by the weekend.  All that remains to be done on the flowers are the bullion knots for the stamens, and possibly a few more stitches to fill any gaps.  Bullion knots are not my favourite stitch by any means.  The dark parts at the bases of the petals look much better now that the in-between shades have been added.

The leaf veins which have already been done are definitely not right, so they will be taken out and re-done.




I still have to decide how to stitch the twig at the bottom of the picture. some knots might be parts of the solution – not out of keeping with Chinese embroidery.

A day later….

Since writing the above I have spent over two hours stitching the twigs.  I tried to get a gnarled effect by placing stitches in different directions.  It didn’t work.  It looked awful.  It drew attention away from the flowers.  So I spent the next half hour unpicking most of what had been done.

Now I am trying something else, much simpler, which seems to be working a lot better.

When the project is finished I will post a review of what i have done, and the kit.

May 24, 2016. Chinese embroidery, Embroidery, Filament silk, Su embroidery. 1 comment.

Su embroidery project – further progress

Since my last post, I have been away which means that very little progress has been made since then.  I always find that if I have to break off from a project, I go back to it with less enthusiasm. This photograph shows progress after about 11 weeks of stitching, so the end is in sight.




As I get nearer to the end of the stitching I am wondering if I need to do something more to enhance the design.  For instance, I could outline the leaves to give more definition, but I am not sure whether this is in keeping with the traditional way of working. when all the outlines are filled, and the leaf veins are in place, it might be more clear what is needed.

So I will go now, and sit down for the evening to stitch, and contemplate.

May 9, 2016. Embroidery, Su embroidery. 3 comments.