Now that the wax is melted and the fabric is tinting with crayon it’s time for
embroidery on the Marigold!
For this one, start at the stamen, which will the ‘newest growth’ on the plant. Starting here allows all the other stitches to form around this part, which would be the older growth pushing away from the newer. Here are several yellows to embroider the stamen in.
Lay the strands out along the edges to compare the colors.
Here are the stitched stamen. I originally did a few in all yellow and simply didn’t like them. There was no depth. I used purple as my shadow and stitched the ‘deeper’ parts of the stamen, those that would be more to the center of the flower growth, in purple. I think it gives the stamen more dimension. The purple stitches are straight stitches and the tops of the stamen are yellow couched threads.
Next, stitch in the dark centers of the petals. Again, I used purple for my shadow.
Here is a close up of the purple straight stitches.
Next, add some deep color to the shadows. Here I added a deep red to the purple shadow to deepen the color tone of the petals.
Here is a close up of the red and purple straight stitches in the petals.
Next, outline the petals with a yellow. I chose back stitch to outline the petals. I used a deep gold to outline the petals and started with the ‘oldest growth’ which would be the bottom underside petals first so that my stitches would lay the ‘new growth’ over the ‘old growth’ of the flower.
Next, embroider the leaves. I used split backstitch for the leaf outlines and used 3 different greens to help shade the stems. The deepest green is on the underside of the leaves and down the stem. The middle shade is on the topside of the leaves and the lightest is out to the edge of the topside of the leaves. This would match the older growth of the stem and younger growth of the new leaves. The lighter section could be sunny highlights.
And… the embroidered Marigold looks like this:
Here are a few more views! I really enjoy tinting fabric with crayon and adding the embroidery stitches. The entire technique allows for quite a bit of creativity and depth in one project.
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