Hello ladies and gents
Here is the latest project I have been working on
It is a hardanger hankie bonnet I am stitching for my new godson
I found the pattern in a book, Joyous Occasions: A Collection of Heirloom Hardanger Designs by Emie Bishop
I am stitching on 28 ct white laguna (I think.. picked it up last week and now I can't remember.. man, I am only 34.. too young not to remember)
This piece is about 13" square
The idea is, you give this at baptism, then when they are older you remove the tack stitches and ribbon and tuck it into their wedding bouquet (or give it to their bride to tuck into her bouquet)
This is what it will look like when its done
This is what I have done so far
In between each of my zig zag lines is going to be doves eyes and wrapped bars.. with maybe a few picots
(I'll try and get a better close up.. new camera.. not sure how it all works yet)
And now here are my issues
The colored bit I just finished last night
Original design was in really muted shades of pink.. 225 family.. so I switched them out for goldy oranges.. 741 family
The greens are 3051 and 3052 (which are orignal colors)
When I put them all together they look great
But I am not so sure I am happy with them when stitched
I think the dark green is too dark and overpowering
So maybe move one shade lighter with the greens?
Or maybe its the goofy shape of the flower cluster thing thats throwing me off.
The flower cluster goes into every other zig zag, and in between is a satin stitched heart, supposed to be in the lightest shade- but I may just do it in white pearle thread. (and I may actually keep the heart in this design
And with the flower cluster, now I am trying to figure out how to best secure the threads. It is a very open design, with 5 colors. And I don't want to carry any threads across the back. I am going to loop start every time. But there is not much to tuck tails into when I am finished. So.. knot? dot of clear fabric glue? tuck as best I can and hope it stays? Its not like this piece will be washed.. just once when I am done and maybe 1 or 2 other times?? But I would hate for any of the threads to come loose in 30 years when he gets married. The directions don't say anything about how to finish the back.
Have any of you done pieces like this with an open back and no real spot to tuck in tails? Right now I just left them long while I figure this out.