Friday, September 27, 2019
Saturday, September 21, 2019
A big thank you to the Embroiderer's Guild of America and Cheryl Christian for featuring my work in their September 2019 issue of NeedleArts.
What an honor. Thank you so much.
If any readers are feeling motivated to stitch a 17th century style casket of their own, now is the time!
This is your last chance to be a part of an amazing project and community made possible by Tricia Nguyen at Thistle Threads.
The last time these boxes, threads, special trims and instructions were available was 400 years ago. It won't happen again in our lifetime that an intrepid energy like Tricia sources all the elements necessary for this opportunity to work.
Friday, July 12, 2019
Stitching all of the borders after the panels are complete can be rather overwhelming. This time I am trying to do the borders as I go. Above is a detail of how I make the needlelace borders.
Here is the completed border just pinned on the panel. I am very happy with how it frames the image. But it is VERY labor intensive.
This technique uses three rows of Lacet secured to my work pad. As I stitch the tapes together I am couching the Crinkle Silk Gimp over the space.
Again this is just pinned in place but I love the finished border.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Sunday, June 16, 2019
Saturday, June 8, 2019
The doors of my next casket are complete. The Hare is sound asleep in one of the Wanderscapes I have created for this series.
Here is the Hare from a slightly different angle. His whiskers may still need a little trim. I trim cautiously, once they're gone there is no going back.
Here are the whiskers after they were first inserted.
The next fable I am working on is 'The Grasshopper and The Ants'. The ants are warm and cozy underground. More ants will be added. Above ground a winter storm is raging. At the moment I have a silver mesh in place to add to the cold theme. I'm not sure if it will stay.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Most of the background for the second door is complete.
I am loving the intensity of color I get from the detached buttonhole shapes.
Here is the beginning of the sleeping Hare.
I haven't stitched the head yet. Here I am just checking to make sure everything fits as planned.
I am very happy with how the shape is turning out but the body has become so dense with stitches I am having a hard time working on the arm. My hand complains after just of few minutes.
Slow and Steady indeed.
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Friday, April 26, 2019
I have started stitching casket 3. Here is the left hand door. I arrived at this place in the design process because of the experiments I did with freehand machine embroidery.
This is the piece that sealed the direction I am taking with the casket. This image has nothing to do with the theme of the casket.
When the first figure is ready I will reveal the theme!
Friday, April 5, 2019
I have been playing with free motion machine embroidery.
I have used traditional casket designs for the Cabinet of Curiosities class and made a 21st century panel of stumpwork.
I have already filled a notebook with the pros and cons of materials and techniques.
I stitched a jacket for Ruthie. Too stiff.
Here I had success using shades of green to mimic 17th century leaves. Some of this is stitched in place, some just placed unstitched.
We'll see if it translates to a casket.
What do you think?
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