A Week of Embroidery: Day 3-4

Following lunch Tuesday, Olga showed us how to transfer the floral motif design to the silk fabric using good old carbon paper and tracing paper.  Then outlining the appropriate design elements was done using the split stitch.

1-SplitStitch Outline

The background behind the petals was outlined and filled with split stitch.  Each stitch length was approximately an eighth of an inch (3.17 mm).

3-SplitStitch Filling

Next came the padding of the petals and leaves in order to couch gold metallic thread.  I learned the purpose for couching is metallic thread is never ‘sewn’ through and through material.  It is laid on top and sewn down with tiny stitches (gold silk thread) creating a pattern in the gold.  Who knew!  Looking closely at the photo, you can see the designs in the gold, made with the tiny stitches and counting the spaces between the white threads (using them as a grid).  The completed petal was done in a ‘brick’ pattern.  The other petal was done in a ‘zig zag’ pattern.


The leaves were also couched using colored thread (green) instead of gold.

10-Brick Pattern Couch with color 11-BerryPattern Couch with color

Lectures each night given by Olga were fascinating and informative.  But by Wednesday night my back ached, my fingers were sore from pinching a needle and the skin getting roughened from pushing and pulling the needle.  I was beyond exhausted and looking forward to a good night’s sleep – which never came.


4 thoughts on “A Week of Embroidery: Day 3-4

  1. Thank you Elizabeth. If you ever get a chance, go to Hexaemeron’s website where you will get a good look at Olga’s work. It is breath taking.

  2. I can see how your fingers and eyes would have been aching by the end of the third day. Waiting to find out more!!

    The space in between the flower petals is what fascinates me the most: How did you fill that space? It looks like a series of long stitches?

  3. I am simply speechless with admiration at your dexterity and patience to produce such lovely work; I had no idea at all how these lovely items were actually produced!

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