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Friday, March 28, 2014

A Very Citrusy Biscornu

A couple of days late, but worth it I think.
I started a blackwork biscornu for this month but it was taking a lot longer than I thought so I started something else. This is Morocco by Olga. She has a bunch of gorgeous freebies if you want to take a look.

I wasn't sure what colours to use and decided to go with one side in spring colours and the other in wintery colours (yes I was going to stitch both sides since I like the design). But I impulsively went with an almost neon orange. I'm so glad I did! Combined with the green and yellow which make me think of a cut lemon it's so sunny and bright. And the contrast with the blues would've been too much so I just went with the citrus theme.
Since I was keeping the same colour scheme I didn't end up stitching the entire second side. So one of the things I'm trying with these smalls is to use up left over floss. I had a bit of a panic at the end when I thought I was about to run out of the orange and green and that I would have to buy more, thus defeating the "use up old floss" part of the plan. It turned out that I had another skein of the orange lying around but I did run out of the green and had to make a change.
The Jessica Stitch in the middle was so much fun. The fabric ended up puckering a little but it disappeared after assembly so it's all good.
I think the middle of the green circles was supposed to by an eyelet but I went with a Rhodes stitch instead. And I have no idea what that arrow-like stitch is called, but it was fun too.
I just really like that arrow.
I had this lovely orange button I was planning on using for the middle but it would've covered up most of the Jessica so I went with some beads instead.
Whenever I stitch something with specialty stitches I remember how fun they are. Sometimes I think I should take up canvaswork since those designs use so many. But then I remember that they also use all sorts of specialty threads that are outside my budget and I come back down to earth. Still I think I'm going to stitch some more of Olga's freebies to satisfy my yen.

TitleMorocco
DesignerOlga
Start dateMarch 26, 2014
Finish dateMarch 27, 2014
Total time10.75 hours
Fabric25 ct antique white lugana
FlossCrescent Colours Lobster Claw, Dinky Dyes Lemon Lime, Weeks Dye Works Emerald
BeadsMill Hill 2002

18 comments:

Aurelia Eglantine said...

Wow! Very unusual and striking, sort of Art Nouveau-ish. I've never heard of the Jessica Stitch, but it does look like a lot of fun! I just visited the designer and was thrilled to discover a stitch diagram for it, I think it's something I'll have to try sometime :)

anik chauvin said...

This is lovely, I love the colors. Beautifull work. Have a good day

Mii Stitch said...

What a beautiful biscornu!! Fantastic with the speciality stitches & the little beads... Well done :)

Pamela said...

Very nice!

Lesley said...

I love Biscornu..s and this is beautiful.

D1-D2 said...

Very pretty. I'll definitely have to check out Olga's website.

Karen said...

Beautiful! Love the colors and the specialty stitches!

Nima said...

wow..lovely biscourn..i love those speciality stitches

Shebafudge said...

Very pretty!

Jennifer said...

Oh wow - that is really pretty!!! I love the specialty stitches

Annie said...

What a nice biscornu! Im amazed that it only took you 10 hours to do! It looks like it would have taken me about 30 hours... Well done!

Kate Featherstitch said...

Brilliant little biscornu! I really like the colours you chose, they are indeed very citrusy. Thanks for showing off the wonderful specialty stitches too. :) I'm off to check out Olga's designs now...

Von said...

What a striking project - I love it and that you've used up some leftover threads!!

Bev said...

wow your Biscornu looks amazing!! x

Carol said...

Oh, how pretty--those really do look like limes! And the specialty stitches add so much :)

valerie said...

Wow, I love the bright colors and citrusy theme. The beads really make it pop as well. Great finish!

Maria del Valle said...

Beautiful stitches!!

Little-Duck said...

I really like all your smalls, too. I can't decide which I like best but I like small stuff. I'm about to visit the lavender and lace section. I'm a lavender lovin' fool so I have to go over there and see some stuff.

I'm enjoying my visit.
Faith