Since then, I have also added some freehand embroidery using a template (where needed) to mark the position. I have also had some excellent, very detailed instructions from Kathy as to how to complete the next embellishment to the block: silk ribbon embroidery irises.
|Practice irises on my 'Doodle' sampler|
I had never attempted silk ribbon embroidery before and it has been very exciting to learn a new technique. It is amazing how differently the ribbon behaves compared to thread. I had to practice a fair amount on my 'doodle sampler' before I could attempt to add the irises to my actual block. I tried out both 7mm (the pink) and 4mm (the purple) silk ribbon on the sampler. Although it was easier to work with the 4mm silk ribbon, the 7mm ribbon gave a fuller flower which I preferred and it was this that I used to add to my actual block.
|Silk Ribbon Embroidery Irises and Leaves (Actual Block)|
I also had to add some leaves around the irises and, initially I had only added the dark green leaves but, with some great advice from Kathy, I added the lighter green leaves and the french knot flower centres too.
|Silk Ribbon Irises with extra leaves/stitches (Actual Block)|
I am so pleased with how the additional leaves and stitches make the irises come to life much more. Kathy has also suggested that I add some straight stitches like grass and a few beads at the base of the flowers to make them seem even more natural. I will add those details later on in the final stages of embellishing the block. For the moment, my next task is to learn how to create a 'woven rose' in silk ribbon and add that to the block. Another new technique.... how exciting!!