Resht Applique Complete

Last week I showed you the beginnings of an applique sample. I guess I wasn’t the only one that had never heard of Resht work. Always good to learn something new, isn’t it?

So I started with chain stitching the central flower parts down. I didn’t follow the example exactly but it is similar to the inspiration photo. I had drawn the stitch lines on the background out in advance but didn’t adhere to the drawing exactly. This actually stitches pretty quickly as the chain stitch is easy and stitching through handmade felt is wonderful. I’m not sure why I’m surprised each time I stitch a lot on a piece of felt. It is so nice to hand stitch. I have a tendency to be a bit minimalist so I might have stopped here but the sample was pretty heavily stitched so I decided I would add more.

So on to what I’m calling the drop shadow stitching. I added the dark blue violet chain stitch using a Sulky #12 machine thread. It worked great. Slightly lighter weight than the perle cotton #12. I was really surprised at the impact the dark thread made. Again, I shouldn’t have been surprised because it did need some darker values in the composition. I also added a regular blanket stitch around the leaves with a red violet thread. This pulled the red violet from the central flower out into more of the background.

Then I decided that I needed some yellow orange in the flower. So I added just a little bit of that and decided it was complete. I actually could keep adding more stitching but I didn’t want to overdo it.

I will definitely be cropping off the edges so here’s how it will look cropped. And I thought you’d like to see the surface from a side view. It was a fun piece to try and again reminded me why I like to stitch on felt.

 

 

 

About ruthlane

When I discovered felting in 2007, I finally found the creative outlet for which I had been searching. I love that the versatility of fiber allows me to “play” with a wide variety of materials including wool, silk, fabrics, yarns and threads. Creating one of a kind fiber art pieces to share with the world fulfills my creative passion.
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14 Responses to Resht Applique Complete

  1. annielynrosie says:

    You certainly achieved your aim – it’s lovely! The angled shot enables us to appreciate that the felt gives added interest to what could be a fairly flat embroidery if regular fabrics had been used.

  2. Penny Peters says:

    Way to go, Ruth!

  3. Terrific. I love the colors and texture.

  4. tesivaara says:

    Nice Ruth!

  5. Lindsay Wilkinson Artwork says:

    Very attractive and how nice for us all to learn something!

  6. Antje says:

    Beautiful. Your original example for inspiration is just that – for inspiration. What you have achieved in terms of colour, texture & design is a vibrant piece of work – which may now in turn serve as inspiration to us.

  7. it turned out really well. The dark line really sets it off and gives it a visual dimension. Would they usually felt the piece after the sewing?

    • ruthlane says:

      Thanks Ann, I am not sure how they did the felting. It really wasn’t explained. I think pieces were felted first and then stitched. I don’t think they were felted afterwards. But again, I’m not sure.

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