When I received the good news I became very worried about what to wear. I'm definitely not that kind of girl who fits in standard measures. And I wanted something special... Soon I realized that I had to put my hands on it... But time was short. And all we know that embroidering and short time don't match!!! So I thought of something different and it came out a good idea (ok... I'm not being humble...).
I recommend you to try it. What I loved the most in the process was the final result being completely unexpected. It seems that the fabric we are working on asks for a specific color or stitch... We only have to obey what it is asking for!!! Believe me...
I had at home some Viana Regional Scarves I usually work with but I had never embroidered them... They come from Viana do Castelo, a city belonging to Minho region, in the North of Portugal. They were dressed by peasant women in their folk costumes.
Popular festivities bedecked with regional scarves, MNati Garrido
Viana do Castelo folk costumes, mvcaf
Final work... My photo
I cut out some motifs from the scarf that seemed to me appropriate to decorate the neckline of the dress.
Embroidering... My photo
Final work with the scarf already cut, my photo
Both sides embroidered but not symmetrically, my photo
With specially made earrings... My photo
Stitches are not perfect but they were not intended to be perfect... I used chain stitch to go round the motives and fasten them to the dress. Some french knots, satin stitch and one or another "crazy stitch"... I hope you like my dress made of stitches with Portuguese soul...
Oh!!! Portuguese class was missing... Scarf means "lenço" and dress means "vestido"... Two words a girl needs to know!!