Margaret Randolph

Margaret Randolph
Margaret Randolph stitched by Jenny

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Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Lady & the Castle

Hello everyone,

Three days of off-and-on stitching has brought me to this point:


 The red lines above the castle may look like lightening, but are the start of the sun's rays.



Marsha was kind enough to post a comment to my last update:
My approach to needlework pictures like this is to outline everything first to make sure that everything is in its proper place before filling in with color. I believe this is how the original piece was done. The design was painted onto linen and first the figures were outlined in a dark color, then the shading began, the fun part.

For anyone interested, here are some quick links to a few unfinished 17th century pieces. Looking at images like these always leaves me a bit wistful. Why were they not finished? How did they manage to survive?


7 comments:

Vera said...

Your progress is great and it looks lovely. I just love all the animals in this sampler.

Lanie said...

Beautiful, Erica! What a magnificent piece you will have! Thank you for sharing the other works ... does make you wonder what prevented these obviously talented stitches from completing their projects ... do wip's date back to those days as well?! ;)

SusanIL said...

Erica, that is just beautiful. Where are you in the Chicago area? We have a sampler guild there, the Lake Michigan Sampler Guild. We meet once a month on Sunday afternoon in Wheaton. We'd love to have you visit.

Bethany said...

A lot of fill in is coming. I know what you are going through with all the fill in. I wish my Rising Doves, was coming along as quickly as you are moving.

Cindy L said...

Erica, you have made so much progress with your outlining. It will be fun to fill in with color.

queenstownsamplerdesigns said...

Great progress Erica.

The great thing about fill in, is that it is cathartic.
No worries - just enjoy your stitching.

Dawn said...

This is a beautiful piece, very painterly.
I wonder about the back stories of needlework too. Good the unfinished pieces were valued and kept.