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Monday, February 16, 2015

Progress on Maharani's Fish Pond

I had to put the Maharani's Fishpond from the Summer School aside to make a birthday nightdress. That was a bit hard - it is such an addictive project.

Eventually, however, I was able to get moving on the background stitching - in some ways the most creative and enjoyable part.

I decided to use very pale blue and very pale green thread - single strand - hoping to give a sense of water.  Eventually I introduced a slightly darker green as well.

The design is carefully segmented by strands of floating plants, so I began by following the shapes each each section.

Eventually I got bolder, and worked circles and long lines like waterfalls.

It was such satisfying work - improvising and going where the project took my needle.

I then decided to work the whole piece of fabric, creating a further border on the outer edge of the fabric.

I made the inner border in green, and created blue 'waves' by weaving thread between the running stitches (as in the 2014 sampler). The outer border is blue and I intend to stitch green waves on the outer edge.

I have a few ideas for the gap between the borders, but need to play around a bit before deciding.

So much enjoyment from one project!


Monica said...

It's looking great, Jillian. I really like the blue waves -- inspired! It looks like a very liberating project, it must be fun. :D

Jillian said...

Thanks Monica. It IS liberating - I'm loving it.

Katherine said...

Its such a fantastic project just to let the needle wander wherever. No wonder you had trouble putting it down. Love it!

Jillian said...

Thanks Katherine. It's great, isn't it? I think I'm enjoying it more for having done a series of constrained counted projects recently!

JennyPennyPoppy said...

Wow - your fish pond piece is looking amazing!!