Monday, 22 April 2013

The Poppy

I have a friend who told me about an event in her childhood that has meant a lot to her. For a long time I toyed with the idea of making 'something' with a red poppy for her.
Last year I bought Trish Burr's excellent book 'Colour Confidence In Embroidery' and have been studying colour and shading.
Based on some old photographs and a flora, I drew the design. Then I planned how to needle paint the poppy according to the principles in the book.
Although it took some time I am rather pleased with the result of my first needle painting.


22 comments:

Julie Fukuda said...

Wow! At first I thought I was looking at a photograph. You even got those fuzzy stems. When I see this,I remember poppies growing in our garden when I was just a kid. Congratulations on success at first attempt!

Shami Immanuel said...

Beautiful poppy. I am afraid to take such projects on shading. good work and great attempt.

margaret said...

Queenie you have stitched an amazing poppy, the flower is so beautiful and the stem you have even got the sort of hairy bits (not sure what you call them) on it, it is so realistic beautiful

Debbie S. said...

It's beautiful! I'm sure your friend will enjoy it.

Claudia said...

You can be very very pleased with your wonderful first needle painting work!
I love it and thanks for the book tip, Queenie!

carorose said...

I would be please as well if I had stitched this. Lucky friend.

The Pied Pedlar said...

What an amazing Poppy.You do such beautiful work.

City Krafters said...

Beautiful poppy , well done it looks perfect.

Chris(craft) and Dave(photos) Richards said...

Well Queenie......This is 'Positively Poppylicious'.....
Sorry could'nt resist ! Way to go girl !!
hugs
Chris Richards
xxx

Elizabeth's quarters said...

It's beautiful. I absolutely adore poppies and think you've really managed to capture the velvety quality of their petals perfectly!

Cynthia@aquilterbynight said...

Wow, it's masterful - just beautiful! Your friend will treasure it I'm sure!

Suztats said...

This is stunning! I love poppies, and this looks so realistic. Well done on your first needle painting.

Zurn said...

Well, Queenie, this is amazing. Poppies are my favorite flower and you have certainly done it justice. Just beautiful !

Annet said...

Wow, this is beautiful! Great work needle-painting your own design!

Lins Artyblobs said...

I can see why you are pleased with it, it's beautiful.

latha said...

Very very beautiful !!!! Your friend is so lucky . At first I thought it is a photograph.Very well done Queenie. You do such wonderful works !!!

Susan Hook said...

You have done an excellent job with your poppy you have the shading just right.

Anonymous said...

Nice! Here in California our state flower is the California Poppy. It looks very little like the red Asian ones, and is orange to yellow, and occasionally pinkish. The most common (and preferred color) being gold. :-)

Séverine said...

O, your poppy is wonderful. It's a beautiful needle painting embroidery.

Mary Ann said...

Beautiful:)

JennyPennyPoppy said...

This is absolutely beautifully stitched Queenie! The shading and how all the threads are so evenly spaced and stitched is perfect. Your friend will be thrilled!!!

Marjolein said...

WOW, you did a wonderful job! Congratulations, I know how much effort needlepainting takes.