Thursday, 14 March 2013

Cow Parsley.

I'm having a go at free-machining some cow parsley now because I always liked the dry heads. This grows at the side of the road in Donegal where my son lives. It might be giant hogweed - there are so many variations and they all look similar. Anyway I sprayed it with 'snow'  for Christmas and it's been on the hall table ever since.



I'm using water soluble Avalon and some linen string for the stem.


 My stitching is a bit ropy but it does the job. I zig-zagged over the string.


I carried the string on up through two of the stems (not sure what you call those parts) - wish I'd done all of them with the string.


Not that happy with the colour of the variegated thread I used as there was orange in it that I couldn't see on the reel. 


They look more like palm trees to me at the moment!


Hopefully, I'll be able to tweek them a bit when I stitch them on to my fabric.

4 comments:

Ali Hogg said...

I like your cow parsley, it looks good sprayed white I always have great difficulty with water soluble fabric, looking forward to see what you are going to do with your embroidered cow parsley, Ali

Ali Hogg said...

Hi, I was doing a page in my C&g book today, remember those. I was drawing a grape hyacinth for my latest piece and printed a few using your trick with the cotton bud for the flowers...it turned out really well, so thanks for that, ali

snoopysgranny said...

That's good. I think I picked that trick up from a children's art book. I'm going to be using that cotton bud trick again very soon!

Felt Makers North said...

Love the cow parsley theme!