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The first iris petal was a challenge, and petals two and three have been difficult for new (although not entirely unexpected) reasons. This prompts a big decision - keep going, or go back and re-do?

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This stumpwork iris may be taking longer than anticipated, but this weekend has been a good one for hand embroidery, anyway. Color after color has been stitched into the petal, and the long and short stitch is a perfect choice for showcasing the rich tones.

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Progress is slow on a big piece of stumpwork embroidery, and there are several unique problems to work through or avoid. Stitching without knots and with both sides of the work pristine makes for slow, careful going.

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Stumpwork is a form of embroidery that was very popular in the Elizabethan period in England. We're starting a project that will push stumpwork to its limits with a rainbow of shades and no fabric to anchor to.

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