Monday, February 24, 2014

Dear Diary 2014, Week 7

Week 7, 10.2.14 to 16.2.14


Dress, Fabric Silk, brocaded with coloured silks and metal thread, France 1750-60
For this weeks interpretation of the Dress Fabric in the image, i have worked a hexagon with ribbon embroidery on it.  I have picked up the colours, maroon-red / green / blue
Blue and green for their calming qualities and maroon-red for its energising addition

The materials engaged are
  • DMC Stranded cotton
  • Dupion Silk
  • Lace
  • Silk Ribbon
  • Pearl bead
  • Hexagon
  • Card

Dear Diary 2014, Week 6

Week 6,  3rd February to 9th February  2014

My interpretation of the Waistcoat, has been a focus on the colours , in particular i have picked out the paler colours - ecru and beige.
The materials i have engaged are a piece of linen, dmc threads {pearl and stranded} and silk ribbon.
The techniques I have used are loose button hole stitch, detached button hole stitch and french knots. I felt like working an encrusted piece of embroider this week. I took the design for the sample i produced is from the sleeve of the waistcoat.



Waistcoat, silk brocaded with coloured silk, woven in Spitalfields, London, about 1734

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Dear Diary 2014, Week 5,

Week 5,   27.1.14 to 2.2.14

Pair of silk shoes, brocaded silk, England, about 1735

I have picked up two colours from the image to be my focus point.  - Ecru and Blue.

Ecru
Ecru is a neutral color with a bit of the warmth of brown and the crisp, coolness of white. It takes on some of the attributes of stronger, warm or cool colors it accompanies.
Blue
Blue is a calming colour.   In many cultures blue is significant in religious beliefs. It is thought to bring bring peace, and is believed to keep the bad spirits away.  Blue conveys importance and confidence.  Words know to   represent various shades of the color blue are sapphire, azure, beryl, cerulean, cobalt, indigo, navy, royal, sky blue, baby blue, robin's egg blue, cyan, cornflower blue, midnight blue, slate, steel blue, Prussian blue.

The materials I have engaged are:
  • Coton Muslin
  • DMC Pearl 8
  • DMC Stranded cotton
  • Sheer lace
  • Binding
  • Card
The embroider technique I have sampled is a very loose interpretation of pulled thread work, accompanied by French knots. This sampler shows a technique I was lucky enough to learn a few years ago in an online class with  Karen Ruane


Dear Diary 2014 - Week 4,

Week 4,    20.1.14 to 26.1.14



Samples of dress silks from a merchant's order book, Lyon, France, 1763 

I have picked up two colours from the image to be my focus point.  - Ecru and Red.
Ecru
Ecru is a chameleon, taking on some of the attributes of stronger warm or cool colors it accompanies.  Ecru is a neutral color with a bit of the warmth of brown and the crisp, coolness of white.
I have used the colour Ecru to provide a calm, relaxing background the red colours in hand stitching.
Red
Red is a warm, positive colour which is thought to be energizing. It is a colour that excites the emotions and provides us with motivation to take action.
It denotes ambition and determination and can give confidence to those who are shy or lacking in will power.

The materials I have engaged are:
  • Coton fabric
  • DMC Pearl 8
  • Card
 
The embroider technique I have sampled is laid work.

 

Dear Diary 2014 - Week 3

Week 3,  13.1.14 TO 19.1.14


Samples of dress silks from a merchant's order book, Lyon, France, 1763

From the above image of the samples of dress silks I have picked up the colours Maroon/Pink - Green -Blue-Beige.
Maroon {red}  and  Green are complimentary colours, and work well together. I chose the colour beige to provide a calm, relaxing environment for the green and maroon. Then a touch blue was worked in the trial of silk ribbon french knots, to ensure a touch of sophistication
Beige
Beige is a chameleon, taking on some of the attributes of stronger warm or cool colors it accompanies.  Beige is a neutral color with a bit of the warmth of brown and the crisp, coolness of white.
Green
Green is life and renewal. Abundant in nature, green signifies growth, renewal, health, and environment. Green is a restful color, which is thought to promote life and renewal
and has a warming and cooling effect. The color green denotes balance, harmony, and stability. 
Maroon / Pink
Pink / maroon is a softer, less violent red. Pink is the sweet side of red. Both red and pink denote love but while red is hot passion, pink is romantic and charming. 
Blue
Blue is a calming colour. It is thought to bring peace, and is believed to keep the bad spirits away.  Blue conveys importance and confidence.
The materials I engaged to create the hexagon sample is:
  • Assorted cotton fabric
  • Half inch paper hexagons
  • silk ribbon
  • stranded cotton
  • sewing cotton
  • Card

Dear Diary 2014 - Week 2

Week 2,   6.1.14 to 12.1.14
  
Dress Fabric, brocaded silk, Spitalfields London, 1720-1730


 

I have picked up three colours from the image above, to be my focus point. Green –Red – Yellow.,      A bit of research later and this is what I have discovered:
Green
Green is life and renewal. Abundant in nature, green signifies growth, renewal, health, and environment. Green is a restful color. Because of all the green in nature the color is reminiscent of Spring. Green is a colour that has warming and cooling effect. The color green denotes balance, harmony, and stability.
Yellow
Yellow is a cheerful, sunshine colour. It is a warm color that signifies hope and happiness Yellow shines with optimism, enlightenment, and happiness. Shades of golden yellow carry the promise of a positive future.
It is said that Yellow is a colour that stimulates the nervous system, activates the memory and encourages communication
Red
Red is a warm, positive colour which is thought to be energizing. It is a colour that excites the emotions and provides us with motivation to take action.
It denotes ambition and determination and can give confidence to those who are shy or lacking in will power.

The materials I engaged to create my interpretation of the dress fabric in the image is:
  • Red Card
  • Embroidered Ribbon
 
 


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Dear Diary 2014 - Week 1

Week 1,  30.12.13 to 5.1.14

 

Week 1, V&A image is "Mantua and petticoat, brocaded with silver-gilt thread, made in England,1755 -60 of French silk, 1753-50.

The colour Gold is the element of this image that I chose to be my focus point, After a bit of study on the colour Gold, I found some interesting information.
Gold is a cousin to yellow, and shares many of the attributes of yellow.  It is a warm color that can be bright and cheerful as well as somber and traditional.

Because gold is a precious metal, the color gold is associated with wealth and prosperity.
It is the color of riches and extravagance. By adding a small amount of metallic gold to a project, it can give a special, rich touch. Bright gold catches the eye while darker subdued shades of gold lend richness and warmth.

A couple of well-known phrases associated with gold are:
·         Good as gold - valuable, positive
·         Solid gold - superior, outstanding, best of the best
·         Gold standard - the best, a measure of quality, excellence
·         Golden child/boy - favored person

Using this image as inspiration, I have worked two mini outfits that that have picked up the light and darker gold from the V&A image of the white and gold gown.

Dear Diary 2014 - Week 1,  30.12.13 to 5.1.14
The materials I engaged to create the two mini outfits are:
·         Wire edged ribbon
·         dupion sild
·         gold braid
·         organza bag

The steps I took to create the two mini outfits are;
Dark Gold dress.,   {right}
I have pleated the dupion silk to form a skirt, attached wire edged ribbon for the bodice and placed the gold braid on the join as a belt.

Light Gold dress.,    {left}
I have attached a fine / thin gold glittery ribbon to the organza gold bag. The organza bag has been gathered in and the thick gold braid wrapped around to form the bodice.



Dear Diary 2014

Dear Diary 2014, Beginning
I have a  new project for 2014, which incorporates my V&A 2014 Diary,
This diary has the most exquisite images from the V&A Collection.
Each week of this diary has a picture of embroidery, patchwork, fashion clothes or shoes from the V&A collection.
I will not be using this diary to write my "to do list or appointments".
Each week i will do a small piece of needlework inspired by the picture for that week.
The piece of needlework i produce will be determined by the picture in the diary as well as how i am feeling and what i am up to that week. It could be embroidery or patchwork.
My aim is to produce a type of handiwork ledger to keep as inspiration for the future.


Front Cover of the V&A Diary 2014


Week 1 and 1st page of the Diary that has an image i will be using for inspiration.







Thursday, February 13, 2014

Gingham Sampler Complete

Gingham Sampler No 1., is complete, and I am really happy with it.
Along the edge of the centre blocks i have stitched a few rows of  buttonhole lace.
Buttonhole lace is such a pretty stitch that produces a lace effect.
On the spokes of the buttonhole stitch i have woven through some Coton a Broder in white




Gingham Sampler  -  Damp Stretched


Gingham Sampler Complete

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Gingham Sampler Lazy Daisy Stitch and Seed Stitch

Lazy Daisy Stitch is a stitch which reminds me of lace.
In this picture i have worked my lazy daisy stitch in groups of two or more, beginning each stitch at the same centre point. It has given a fan like effect.
 
Lazy Daisy Stitch
 
 
Seed Stitch is just a simple straight stitch which produces great texture.
If you pull the stitch a slight tighter , it pulls the fabric together which creates ripple like effects around the area. 
Seed Stitch