Friday, 10 April 2015

Crathorne Bug - finished!

There you have it - finished at long last!  I will mount it, and show it one final time . . .

I look forward to seeing your results too.

Best wishes . . . Tracy

Crathorne Bug - embellishments

to give more definition for the body, work a stitch in DMC Col.3031 over each cross over on the trellis
trellis pattern complete
using DMC Col.3031, work two small stitches to the side of each antenna for the eyes
over the two small stitches, work smaller stitches again to complete the eyes in satin stitch in the same colour
eyes complete
body definition - worked in DMC Col.3031 in tiny running stitch
work a slightly longer stitch on the front, and a smaller stitch behind

Crathorne Bug - antenna and head

antenna worked in DMC Col.3031 stem stitch,
and split stitch around the head using DMC Col.3782

I worked the left antenna holding the loop of thread to the left, and the right antenna holding the loop of thread to the right, so that the twist of the stem stitch mirrors from left to right.  I also extended the last top stitch out, so that the antenna thins out.

satin stitch the head using DMC Col.3782, starting from the middle and working outwards on both sides
so far!

Crathorne Bug - body, satin stitch, and trellis work split

split stitch using one strand of DMC Col. 644
satin stitch starting from the middle, and working over the split stitch
completed satin stitch
laid work, worked in DMC Col.3782, set the first central cross
then, work parallel lines of stitch, either side of the central cross
at every crossover of the laid work, work a small stitch to hold in place, again with DMC Col.3782
laid work, and body complete

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Crathorne Bug - outlined

stem stitch - stage 1
stem stitch - stage 2
One strand of DMC 680 was used to outline the wings in stem stitch, after a lot of trial and error with other colour combinations which looked either too strong, or not defined enough.

The stem stitch gives definition, and finish to the overall result, and I worked the stitch quite long as it always looks more smooth and slick.

Crathorne Bug - needlelace wings complete

Third band, using DMC 3828 for the bar,
and DMC 3828 for the needlelace
Fourth band, using DMC 3828 for the band,
and DMC 422 for the needlelace
Final band, using DMC 422 for the band,
and DMC 422 for the needlelace
complete with gradual shading
To confirm, there are five bands of colour in total, using only three colours - 
  • DMC 680 for bar and needlelace
  • DMC 680 for bar, and DMC 3828 for needlelace
  • DMC 3828 for bar, and DMC 3828 for needlelace
  • DMC 3828 for bar, and DMC 422 for needlelace
  • DMC 422 for bar, and DMC 422 for needlelace
Each bar forms the cord for corded Brussels stitch, and each band is approximately six rows of each colour combination, to give a guide, which could be more of less, depending on tension.