Thursday, 16 February 2017

Time to reveal the finished picture.....

In the last post I wrote about my freehand machine embroidered picture, I teased you with a few little bits of progress that I had made.  I started this project at a wonderful workshop held in Norwich by Abigail Mill.  It has been such a lot of fun working on it and I am pleased to say that earlier in the week I was able to put the final stitches to it.



The bulk of the picture was sewn using freehand machine embroidery techniques. However, when it came to adding some of the floral details, I decided to add some silk ribbon embroidery which I stitched by hand.



Although I am really pleased with the overall look of the piece (these photos don't really do it justice) hand stitching was perhaps not such a wise thing to have done.  The background is made up of lots of layers of fabric and has more fabric appliqued over the top and then the whole is machine stitched (quite densely in places) so because of this, it is extremely difficult to pass a hand sewing needle through from back to front to complete any hand stitching.



I have managed to add all the details that I wanted to such as the geraniums in the window boxes and the climbing plants on the trellis and pergola but, it was hard work and my fingers were extremely sore at the end of it!!  Next time I think I will add the details with the sewing machine too!!



It was worth the effort though as I am really happy with the finished piece. (If you click on the individual photos you get a larger version of them and can see more detail.)  Below are a couple of the photographs of the actual Chalet which I was using to work from.




And a view of the mountain which is in the background of my picture and which the Chalet overlooks but which is obscured by cloud in the pictures above.




18 comments:

  1. What a fantastic achievement - well done Christine x

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    1. Thank you Lynda! I am very pleased with it! Christine x

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  2. Wow Christine what an amazing piece ,well done it's stunning xx

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  3. That is amazing, Christine! Love all of the fabric choices, stitching and details. Wow!

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  4. It is unbelievable that this is the first project your have done with this technique. Your piece perfectly depicts the house you stitched. Lots to be proud of.
    xx, Carol

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    1. Thank you very much Carol! I really loved working on this project and it certainly won't be the last one I make! Christine x

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  5. Oh, this is really good you've captured the chalet perfectly.

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  6. Yes, well done!! You have to be really pleased with it - and now we wait to see what you do next (lol).

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  7. It's beautiful Christine. So awesome. Hope your fingers are better now.

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  8. Liebe Christine,
    dass hast du super schön hinbekommen! Ich bin wieder einmal sehr begeistert, was für ein fantastisches Bild!!
    Liebe Grüße
    Steffi

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  9. Ich kann mir sehr gut vorstellen dass du Dich gerne an das Chalet erinnerst, mit Deinem Quilt davon hast Du es nun immer bei Dir. Die Stickerei ist sehr schön, der ganze Aufwand hat sich gelohnt!
    LG
    KATRIN W.

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  10. Fantastic job Christine, I can imagine the handwork was extremely difficult but sure looks pretty.

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  11. Christine I am just blown away, not only by the beauty of your chalet but also by the beautiful depiction of it in your stitches. You are amazing.

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  12. Wonderful and exciting work Christine! I can tell you were inspired and you have captured the picture and the details in such a special way. I have embroidered on top of a layered quilt too and know how painful it is!! The little flowers do look so pretty though!
    Helen xox

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  13. Liebe Christine, was für eine wundervolle Arbeit, es ist dir super gut gelungen. Dass du dich mit der Handnähnadel quälen musstest kann ich mir gut vorstellen, bei den Stofflagen die übereinander treffen.

    Liebe Grüße Uta

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  14. Christine, WOW ! The places we inhabit create such memories. The view from your chalet is stunning. Is it an easy trip for you to go there often? Your created piece will easily transport you there for those times you would like to be there but are not. You are blessed to have a place of such beauty to retreat to. Thanks for sharing. Janita

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  15. Oh, my goodness, it's to die for! What an amazing job!

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  16. Lovely work Christine, and I can appreciate how difficult it must have been to hand embroider through various layers of fabric, A picture to treasure.

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