Monday, December 23, 2013
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Saturday, December 21, 2013
The image of a red house shows up in my work over and over. This is a wool applique embroidery from my book "Making Things".
Are you visiting The Embroiderer's Story?
Friday, December 20, 2013
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Monday, December 16, 2013
The frames of the two dormers windows for the front of the casket are complete.
It might be the first time in my life I ever stitched two of one design!
I stitch in hand.
I will reinforce the outside edge with a glue/water mixture before I cut it out from the background. The edges will then be finished in buttonhole stitches. But I am still a long way from that step. I first want to decide how to do the inside of the frame, glass, scene....
Then I also need to know what fabric I want to back the top of the window with since it will be exposed once it is attached to the lower frieze of the casket.
As you can see I didn't arrive at this spot randomly. I tried different scales and designs for the facade before I settled on one.
One window will look into an interior scene and one will have a figure looking out, very much like the sample in the middle at the top. Only larger.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
I strongly believe that a working model should be exactly that, something you really WORK on. You can see from the picture above how many layers of ideas I have tried out so far.
Thank goodness for tape!
Here you get an idea of how the windows will project over the lower frieze. Of course there is the possibility of the windows opening or simply a scene stitched 'behind' the glass.
At first I thought I might make the whole casket the Red House but what I really want to stitch are stories and figures not siding.
One of the worlds in the World of Possibilities is the Golden Rule Mountains. This story will be told on each of the two sides.
In keeping with the projected designs on the front I have decided to project the mountains on each side with other 'worlds' in the distance. The beauty of telling you all of this is that so much will change between now and completion.
The top of the box is Once upon Time.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
I tried inserting text in the Photoshop images but it is too small to read. So I will repeat myself.
I want my casket to tell the story of "The Red House" and the "World of Possibilities".
I have had fun trying to divvy up the front of the box into sections of a house. My first attempts were over-ambitious in scale and the stitching style not my own.
I am playing with color and with scale. I am playing with ideas and concepts for the casket as a whole.
But somewhere along the line I have lost my creative voice.
So I revisited embroideries I like and I that I want my casket to project. I had to rethink the facade.
OK, I'm liking this. Just 2 stories and I am playing with the surfaces and which planes project where. And I am playing with the edges. I know I don't want to frame each 'panel' with the silver tape.
For my vision it will be too disjointed.
This is the feeling, this is the mood I want to evoke. Very folk art, very ethnic embroidery.
So here I am. The designs over the 2nd story windows are stitched in the style and colors I want. You are probably wondering how I plan to let the windows project over the frieze. Oh, believe me, it is just too beautiful and all will be revealed soon!
Sunday, October 20, 2013
I have been stitching. But my efforts are strung out all over the place.
I have finally started playing with designs at the actual size of the casket I hope to cover. And using silk thread.
I am having a hard time knowing what I can draw and what I can stitch. It is a learning process. This is a study for one of the front door panels.
This is a study for the side panel.
A tree of life design detail.
Another Tree of Life, this is not for the casket project.
Figures from my Once Upon A Time series are arranged on the tree.
The last group of samples are based on one of the themes for our quilting group's next show; Scraps.
So I have reached into my thread scrap bag and started playing.
Friday, September 20, 2013
I have finally started playing with design possibilities for my Embroidered Casket. The sketch above revisits motifs and patterns I've used for hooked rugs, wool appliques and for embroidery.
The tongue border is an element I loved using in quilts.
All Creatures Great and Small
Lanterns in The Night
Here the theme is a familiar one to the readers of this blog; Once Upon a Time.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
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