A mentioned in my last entry I had been doing some stitching for my branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild which I was not able to show yet. This is was because it was to be a part of our branch entry to the Regional day competition. The idea was for each branch to choose a colour from the colour wheel and to produce a display based on that colour. Our branch chose orange – which was initially met with groans from the members but proved to be a wonderful colour to stitch with during the dark, dreary, wet winter we had and to make an orange tree.
Due to lack of time I chose to adapt some designs I already had into oranges. The first piece is a cross stitch pattern called The Quaker Ball published by Amaryllis Artworks. I stitched it on 32ct Belfast Linen in a colour known as Vintage Peach – it is not obvious from the photo but the fabric has a light orange variable shading to it. I also decided to use whatever orange threads I had – considering I can’t remember having stitched with orange before it was surprising how many I had – maybe the Husband is correct and I have got a lot of threads!! The ball is made up of 26 different pieces which all had to be joined together once they had been stitched – that took some concentration to make sure they were joined together in the correct order.
My next two pieces were back to my favorite medium of canvas. I adapted a key fob designed by Shelley Cox – by turning two squares into circles and again using all that orange thread I did not know I had. It is not easy to make even circles on canvas, but I think I managed – these are just backed with orange felt, with either beads or braid to neaten the edges.
The final piece was my holiday stitching. Paul and I took a weeks break upto Ripon in May – just as Tour de France fever was starting to hit the area. We were very lucky with our weather with only one slightly wet morning. I chose to do some beading on felt. On this occasion I did have to buy the felt (but it was also needed for the canvaswork) but again the beads were from stash!! I knew there was a reason I always want to add to my stash when I see stitching things reduced in sales. Basically I just added beads in different patterns to the felt that I had pre-drawn the pentagons on before travelling. I must apologise to the owners of the cottage if they found any beads lying around after we left – I did my best to find those that “escaped” whilst stitching!!
Here is a photo of the final effort by the branch – we ended up with over 70 oranges made by our members.