I hope your week is going well. I have had to put embroidery business aside this week as have been busy helping my young daughter study for her first exams – this is rather like going back to school but much much harder as I have to google everything! I knew I was no good at maths back at school but feel I have regressed further or has it got harder?
After our previous discussion and your subsequent, enthusiastic response to the idea of whitework embroidery kits I have managed to complete one or two projects and hope to be able to release the first kit next month. I refer to this style (or rather my own style of whitework) as Whitework Impressions because it is not pure whitework in the sense that I have added some colour. There is one in particular that I want to share with you, mainly because it is so radical and far removed from our safe pastel and antique shades that we normally use in our embroidery, and that is the Moonlit Owl. I was discussing black and white illustration with my youngest daughter and saying how much I liked it and she said “why dont you do some embroidery in black and white Mum?” The seed was sown and so I approached the idea (a bit nervously) with needle and thread in hand. At first I mainly used shades of grey but then decided to “go for it” and added some pure black in the background.
The project is stitched on a white, fine quality Swiss batiste fabric – as I like the way the sheer background contrasts with the stark white. I have used DMC Floche, Broder and some stranded cotton. Here it is:
Unfortunately I am unable to make contact with the copyright owner of this design. It was originally put up on Pinterest as a free pattern – which of course it is, if not used for commercial purposes, but since then I have traced it back to one of the vintage Vogart transfers. The original company has been taken over by another company and apparently all the Vogart transfers are still under copyright, so it seems that I will not be able to use it, however I plan to design something similar which can be used in kit form.
I would love to hear what you think of the black and white theme, or if anyone is able to shed more light on the copyright for Vogart Vintage Transfers. Meantime wherever you are be it winter, spring, summer or autumn have a wonderful weekend and happy stitching. Trish