So here it is! My finished deer embroidery. I've been wanting to stitch an embroidery in a hoop frame for ages now, and when I saw the alpine deer design by Kirsty Neale in Mollie Makes Issue 56, I knew I had to make it! I really liked the original design and I mostly stuck to it, but I did end up making a few changes to make it more "me". I'm happy with the result, although I think most creative people will empathise with the need to put it away and not look at it too much for a while!
Although I LOVED doing the embroidery and I like the finished piece, this was a difficult project for me. I was working from a digital edition of Mollie Makes and although I'm sure it's fine for most people, I find the print version much easier to work from. I also wanted to change the size and shape of the deer, which I bodged a bit and ended up having to needlefelt some extra felt on at the end. I'm glad I didn't let this deter me though, because I think the finished embroidery will look lovely up on my wall or displayed on a shelf.
One of the variations I made from the original pattern was to change the colour scheme for the flowers. I went for lots of red and purple shades, as these are some of my favourite colours and I think they look good together. I also changed some of the stitches to fit my own preferences. I really like how the red and white toadstools turned out!
I like how the daisy style flowers at the top of the embroidery ended up looking like echinacea flowers! I love French knots, they add so much interesting texture. I didn't add any antlers to the deer because I liked the idea of having a lady deer. Plus, as I had changed some of the proportions of the pattern, I thought it would look too crowded with antlers.
Overall I think I did pretty well, considering this was my first complete embroidery. I definitely want to do more embroidery in future, it's quite therapeutic. Plus I have an entire drawer of embroidery threads to use up...I love the sumptuous colours they come in so I tend to buy them impulsively! I think with the mountains in the background and all the reds and greens in the stitching, this embroidery will look pretty displayed with my alpine house boxes, which was what I had in mind when I initially started it. I really do recommend the pattern as it is beautiful, and if you don't
have my issues with authority feel the need to change things then it will be a much smoother experience than mine!