On the same day that my jury service started, Karen Ruane's latest online course Swathed in Stitch started. So, unfortunately, thanks to the jury service taking up so much of my time and energy, I've only been able to start work on one design sheet and one sample in response to what Karen's showing us.
The themes we're using this time are hexagons and cross-stitch letters.
My design sheet - different coloured hexagons, stylised cross-stitch letters (outlined in coloured dashes) and cross-hatches in thread.
I still have more to do on this sheet, there's more cross-hatching to add and there's some thread work to add to the hexagons too.
My sample - the background fabric is cotton and used to be a chair back, the hexagon flower is made from striped silk. The cross-stitch letters are being added to the cloth using waste canvas and I'm using embroidery threads that are similar to those used in the striped silk.
There's still a lot of work to do on this sample yet. More hexagons and letters. There's also going to be a lace overlay over part of this sample too. I've started making that from scrim which is machine embroidered, then further embellished with hand embroidery.
It'll be a while before this sample is finished, though it shouldn't take too long to finish the design sheet.