Friday, December 19, 2014

Dear Diary 2014 - Week 44

27.10.14 TO 2.11.14
The V&A Diary image for Week 44 is "Design for brocaded silk, Lyon, France, about 1765-70"
My interpretation is a piece of floral fabric, picking up the pink green and beige colours.


"Design for brocaded silk, Lyon, France, about 1765-70"





Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dear Diary 2014, Week 43..

20.10.14 to 25.10.14
There are two V&A images for Week 43.
Left - "Dress fabric, silk damask, brocaded in silks and silver-gilt thread, France, about 1700"
Right - "Dress fabric, pink silk lustring brocaded with file & frise silver thread, Spitalfields, London, about 1719-20"
For my interpretation I have used some silk ribbon, gathered it and stitched it to a piece of card.
The left ribbon interpretation is a blue silk with gold trim, the gathering has formed a flower.
The right ribbon interpretation is a grey varigated silk ribbon, once gatherd into the flower shape I attached a tiny pearl to the centre.

Left - "Dress fabric, silk damask, brocaded in silks and silver-gilt thread, France, about 1700"
Right - "Dress fabric, pink silk lustring brocaded with file & frise silver thread, Spitalfields, London, about 1719-20"


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Dear Diary 2014 - Week 42

13.10.14 to 19.10.14
The V&A image for Week 42 is "Detail of mantua of Spitalfields silks, England, mid -1730". My inerpretation is a piece of hand made paper with yellow and orane petals.  I have used the orange and yellow colours from the V&A image, they are so bright and cheerfull.

"Detail of mantua of Spitalfields silks, England, mid -1730"





Monday, December 15, 2014

Dear Diary 2014 - Week 41

6.10.14 to 12.10.14
The V&A image for week 41 is a "Dress fabric of double tabby woven silk, Spitalfields, London, abou 1733". My interpretation is a green suffolk puff to represent the red flower. My suffolk puff is stitched to some red and white hand made paper.


"Dress fabric of double tabby woven silk, Spitalfields, London, abou 1733". 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dear Diary 2014 - Week 40

29.9.14 to 5.10.14
My V&A Diary is back., back from a visit to the Embroiderers Guild where it was on display for a month. It received some very encouraging reviews. Now back to a bit of a catch up time and onto keeping a record of my progress and posting the images on this blog..  The V&A image for Week 40 is a "Design by James Leman {1688-1745}, 1710"  My interpretation is a piece of gold card with a chain stitch trailing, looping,  meandering its way around.
"Design by James Leman {1688-1745}, 1710"



Thursday, November 13, 2014

Ribbon Embroidery Group - Gallery Display 2014

The Ribbon Embroidery Group meets on the 1st Saturday of each month for 4-5 hours of stitching, eating, chatting  and enjoying each other's company.  The group currently consists of four fortunate members, fortunate, because for many years we were the recipients of a passionate, vivacious convener, Merrill. Over the years we relied on Merrill’s enthusiastic support and guidance, but that all ended at the end of 2012, with Merrills passing.
 
As a tribute to Merrill, February 2013 began with a study of Merrill’s Ribbon Embroidery work. With the kind permission of Merrill’s daughter, Joanne, we gently and fondly began exploring two of Merrill’s Fabric Books / Journal Covers. Both were incomplete, with thread dangling waiting, to be stitched onto the fabric, resulting in an emotional morning.

We have spent the past two years collectively studying her work, researching the different Ribbon Embroidery stitches used, and have enjoyed playing and practicing. Consequently we are gaining valuable knowledge and understanding of the techniques of Ribbon Embroidery, along with treasured friendship and support.
 
Our aim is to broaden our knowledge of Ribbon Embroidery techniques, along with discovering other embroidery styles. We not only look at learning and practicing traditional ribbon embroidery technique, but also enjoy applying the traditional techniques in a contemporary manner.

As you can see from the photo below, the members of the group also have the freedom to try any embroidery technique, not just Ribbon Embroidery.


Ribbon Embroidery Group - Gallery Display - November to December 2014

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Dear Diary 2014 - Bursting at the seams

My V&A Dairy is  jam packed, overflowing, and bursting with an abundance of memories. Memories of what i was doing each week whilst working on the samplers. In addition to this i have copius samples providing me with an abundance of ideas for further development, and a wealth of knowledge to look back over in the future.  It is so full that each week i am finding it a challenge to mount my lastest sampler,  and i still have 2 months to go.........












Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Dear Diary 2014, Week 39

22nd to 28th September 2014

Week 39, V&A image Detail from a robe, silk satin, England, 1725-30.
V&A image Detail from a robe, silk satin, England, 1725-30.
Week 39, stitch interpretation is a wire edged ribbon, gathered and secured to card.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Dear Diary 2014, Week 38

15th to 21st September 2014

Week 38 V&A image Designs for brocaded silk, Lyon, France, about 1765-70
V&A image Designs for brocaded silk, Lyon, France, about 1765-70
My stitch interpretation for week 38, is a vine with a spider web rose using rayon ribbon, and a few french knots






Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Dear Diary 2014, Week 37

8th September to 14th September 2014

Week 37 V&A image  "Sample from pattern book, Clouds & A Few Satin Flounces, possibly by J.&J. Jourdain, Spitalfields, London, 1792-4"
V&A image is "Sample from pattern book, Clouds & A Few Satin Flounces, possibly by J.&J. Jourdain, Spitalfields, London, 1792-4"
For Week 37 stitch interpretation, I have taken the colours from the V&A image on the right and made a Suffolk Puff, also known as a Yo-Yo., and secured it to a rose and olive green coloured card.



Sunday, September 21, 2014

Dear Diary 2014, Week 36

1st September 2014 to 7th September 2014

Week 36 V&A image is Textile panel of brocaded silk with silver thread, probably woven in Lyon, France, about  1735-40
Textile panel of brocaded silk with silver thread, probably woven in Lyon, France, about 1735-40
My stitch interpretaion is taken from the blue flower in the V&A image. I have used Silk Ribbon and Ribbon Stitch and Lazy Daisy Stitch


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Dear Diary 204, Week 35

25th August to 31st August 2014
V&A image - Design by Anna Maria Garthwaite (1690-1763). Spitalfields, London, 1752
V&A image - Design by Anna Maria Garthwaite (1690-1763). Spitalfields, London, 1752

My stitch interpretation for Week 35 is Suffolk Puffs, also known as Yo-Yo's.
I have made them in tones of the wine colour from the V&A image.



Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Dear Diary 2014, Week 34

18th August to 24th August 2014   -    Week 34, V&A image - Woven silk fabric, France - 1800s
V&A image - Woven silk fabric, France - 1800s
 
My stitch interpretation is a tassel, stitched to hand made paper in red and gold, picking up the colours from the V&A image

Monday, September 15, 2014

Dear Diary 2014, Week 33

11th August to 17th August 2014

V&A image -
Left - Dress fabric, a brocaded tobine, designed by Anna Maria Garthwaite (1690-1763), Spitafields, London, 1749.
Right - Design for brocaded tobine , Anna Maria Garthwaite  (1690-1763), Spitafields, London, 1749
Left - Dress fabric, a brocaded tobine, designed by Anna Maria Garthwaite (1690-1763), Spitafields, London, 1749.
Right - Design for brocaded tobine , Anna Maria Garthwaite (1690-1763), Spitafields, London, 1749
My stitch interpretation for both of the V&A imagess, is a leaf made from silk ribbon.





Sunday, September 14, 2014

Dear Diary 2014, Week 32

4th August to 10th August 2014

Week 32's V&A image -
Gown of brocaded silk, designed by Anna Maria Garthwaite (1690-1763), woven Spitafields, London, 1740s and altered in 1780s.
Week 32's V&A image - Gown of brocaded silk, designed by Anna Maria Garthwaite (1690-1763), woven Spitafields, London, 1740s and altered in 1780s.

My stitch interpretation of Week 32's V&A image,  is a tassel which i have stitched to a piece of hand made grey paper.





Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Dear Diary 2014, Week 31

28th July to 3rd August 2014

The V&A image is a Woven Silk, England, 1850-74.

The flowers in the V&A image look like Fuchsia's, so using wire edged ribbon, i have made a bright happy yellow Fuchsia.

The V&A image is a Woven Silk, England, 1850-74.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Dear Diary 2014, Week 30

21st July to 27th July 2014

Week 30, V&A image is a Detail from a dress fabric of brocaded silk, England, about 1734. Picking up the leaves and gate, my interpretation includes Wire Edge Ribbon Leaves on a grid paper background.

The V&A image - Detail from a dress fabric of brocaded silk, England, about 1734