Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Embroidery class - year 2 - fine needlework - Madeira work

A while ago I blogged about the smocking component of the fine needlework module of the Embroiderers' Guild course, saying that I didn't want to write about the Madeira work until I'd finished the assigned piece.

Isn't #FinishItFriday useful? Not sure how many more years I'd have left it to languish otherwise. Oops.
The finally finished hand towel.
This project involved doing a gorgeous pin tuck hem on the two long sides and a coloured overlay with pin tuck detail on one short side
Close up of the pin tuck hems
a pigeonhole scallop on the other short side
The scallops were extremely hard to keep even.
and a shadow work design in the centre.
Close up of the shadow work design.
The design is worked in herringbone stitch so the dense stitches on the reverse create a "shadow" on the right side. There are also three small eyelets.  

I'm glad to finally have this finished and be able to show it off. This is the last of the embroidery course posts I'll be making, as I never collected my canvaswork assignments and I didn't do the goldwork module before I dropped out due to pregnancy exhaustion. I have looked into going back to complete the course but they've changed the schedule so the two modules I didn't complete are now in two different years. Still, I really want to find a way to finish, so maybe in a year or so when N. is older. 


  1. Well done on finishing this. Looks great. Maybe I should look into this Finish it Friday!

  2. Well done! Such fine, intricate work. You really are super-skilled.

  3. Finish it Friday has definitely helped motivate a few projects into completion. I try to pick things that only need a few hours work at the most, so that one or two Fridays will be enough (dependent on bedtimes etc)