Crewel motif #2

Overdyed butterflyI can’t remember where the drawing for this motif came from. I’m not particularly happy with the results of the color choices. It was stitched in hand dyed wools, and the transitions melded in a way that became less than coherent. I think if I were doing this motif again, I’d use standard colors, so that I could balance the wings better.

I’d also probably do it in silk or metal thread work rather than wools, but that wasn’t the point of this exercise! 🙂

I AM pretty happy with the stitching, however. As usual, click to enlarge.

What I don’t think I’ve mentioned is that this piece of fabric is a piece of IL019 linen from in white. I rather like it. It’s a medium-weight linen that I’d be happy to use for shirts. I also like their heavier-weight  linens for skirts and things like the great Shower Curtain project. Which fell off the radar this year, but I intend to transfer to the fabric in January. It’s not high on the priority list, because the bathroom it’s intended for low on the renovation list in the house. I should really be doing the work for the upstairs guest bathroom instead, but it’s not as interesting to me at the moment… maybe I need to rethink the design and technique for that one…

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