Wednesday, December 5, 2018

What's Stitching Now

I am still finalizing plans for casket 3. Meanwhile I have two other projects to work on. 
The first is this piece about accentuating the positive. It was a rug hooking pattern from way back when. I adapted it to my family, the affirmative portion of the drawing. I drew this out and started stitching over a year ago.
  


This is how far I am as of this last weekend. It doesn't get picked up often but it is getting done slowly.


For a while I considered putting a map of my World of Possibilities on the back panel of casket 3. It was too much information in a small space.


So I decided to do a separate embroidery of the map. I did all of the drawing and design work for this on my IPad Pro. It was fun to work at one scale then print it out to the size I want to stitch it.


Here are the two designs so you can get a sense of the scale. I plan to stitch the map in wool. I have missed working in wool.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Oh What A Night

My casket journey officially began in early May 2013 with this sketch. 

 
 
5 years later I had the extraordinary experience of exhibiting the finished casket at Winterthur Museum .
 


All of this happened because of the two women with me in the photo above and a few years of stitching. In the middle is Linda Eaton, Director of Collections and Senior Curator of Textiles at Winterthur Museum. She was looking for a contemporary piece of embroidery to include in her newest show at Winterthur, "Embroidery: The Thread of History." On the right is Tricia Nguyen of Thistle Threads and the mastermind behind the casket renaissance.
Tricia shared my work with Linda, Linda asked if I would be willing to ship my box to the museum for a few months and I said yes. I think we make a great team! 

   
Here I am meeting Linda for the first time and finally seeing my casket on display. Didn't the museum do a beautiful job!?



Friends from Indiana came to see the show! How sweet was that?

 
  
There was an  embroidery conference held in conjunction with the show. The night before several "Casketeers" from Tricia's classes met for dinner. I took my second casket along for show and tell. Even the wait staff stopped to look.
 

On the Friday night of the conference there was a reception and I got the chance meet attendees in the gallery and talk about my work. They even let me bring the second casket into the gallery just for that evening. This is where today's blog title comes in. 
This is an evening I am not likely to forget, ever.
One of the very best parts was finally meeting so many of you, my blog readers. Thank you for taking the time to introduce yourselves! I truly had no idea there were so many, so interested. So today I will start again with chronicling the ups and downs of casket 3. Casket 3!? Who knows where this journey will lead next.   

Another sketch from that first blog post. This Winterthur experience was certainly a 'ta da' moment.
 

Outside the museum resting and soaking up the rays. It is very hard work having so much fun. 


Thursday, October 11, 2018

From the Phone

 


Free motion machine embroidery and blogging from the phone , two experiments

Saturday, September 1, 2018

The Castle of the Dragon Prince and an Announcement

This is where the Dragon Prince lives. It is also Ruthie's home. The gold mines ("He who has the gold rules") run under the castle. Other tunnels link to the Enchanted Forest and points beyond.
The story continues on Casket 3.
If you would like to see Casket 1 in person it will be on display in the exhibition, "Embroidery: The Thread Of History" from Oct. 6, 2018 until Jan. 6, 2019 at Winterthur Museum in Winterthur, DE.
Or better yet join us for a delightful conference about all things embroidery.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Once Upon A Time, The Video Tour

The "Once Upon A Time" video is here for your enjoyment.
 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

6-17-17 Official Finish Date!

It is official, the casket is complete! 
6-17-17, yesterday, I finished the key tassels.

I wrapped the wooden forms with gilt and silver plated Elizabethan Twist.

Now I plan to put 4 years of drawings and photos into some kind of cohesive order. 
Then the big finish reveal! 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Casket Progress....It's Getting Close!

After posting images of the back panel I decided it wasn't done to my satisfaction.

So, using some of the techniques I used for the Casket Toys, I created some swags for the two sides and the top center of the panel.

These are the side swags.

These are the top arch segments in pieces....

...and here is the top arch ready to be added to the casket panel.
I also completed the frieze above the Enchanted Forest panel. In the image above, the Golden Rule Mountains projected above the frieze edge just as the do on the side friezes of the casket.
Didn't like it. 

Then I tried using Italian wire mesh for the mountains.
Didn't like that either.

I decided everything should fit within the frieze area. Images from left to right;
Golden Rule Mountains, Forest, Castle of the Princely Dragon,  Enchanted Forest, Castle of the Dragon Prince, Forest, and more Golden Rule Mountains were added to the right side.

Everything in place.
Hard at work in my sunny studio!



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Forest or Trees......Garden or Flowers.....?

Ruthie bids farewell to the Bluebird as she and Joseph head into the Enchanted Forest.
The lower back panel is complete. Here are lots of details.
A big step in the process never got recorded. What eventually became flowers on the right hand side started out being the trees in the center. I thought for sure I had a photo of it before I took it all apart.
There I go thinking again. 

As I start to couch the hills between the trees I realize stitching would be much easier in a frame

Many of the hillocks are in place. 

Here is a glimpse of my secret weapons for stuffing my tiny figures. I snipped the top of the eye off of large, long darning needles. (Wear safety goggles!) I wrapped the pointed end in masking tape to provide a handle. 
The best mini stuffing tool.







Here you can see where the hinges will go.

Thanks for visiting!
 
 
 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Panel In Place

In Place!
I almost gave up on this piece. So many mistakes in measuring, placement, gluing....... 

I'm glad I didn't give up. Yes my name is hard to read but I love the graphic punch of the design.
 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Signature Piece

Inside the casket is a panel that slides over the top drawers.
It is the only piece I hadn't covered yet.
Here is the embroidery for that panel.
My name is pretty easy to read but graphically I don't like it.
Not as easy to read but much nicer to look at.

 
 
 

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