Sunday, May 25, 2014

Dear Diary 2014, Week 21

19th May to 25th May 2014
The Diary image for Week 21 is a cream and blue piece of woven silk tissue. It reminded me of my sampling that i am currently working on from Simply Stitch 4.  So, I have included one of the samplers from that class. It is a piece that has paper transfers, dupion silk and hand embroidery. Quite fitting i think....
Woven silk tissue, France, 1730-69

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Alchemy 2014 - Marie Antoinette - 18th Century Fashion

Design Inspiration

On the 5th May 2014, I began the Alchemy class taught by  Karen Ruane.   Alchemy is a 12 week programme where Karen assists the participants to create piece of embroidery or textile art.  For the first few weeks we have been working on identifying our theme, looking at ideas and recording them in our ledger.  I participated in this class in 2013 and didnt get past the ledger recording stage. Ledgers play a huge part of the work we do with this class, and at the end of the 12 week programme even though i didnt have a completed piece of work, I came out of it with a book full of inspiration for future work.
My theme for Alchemy 2014 is "Marie Antoinette - 18th Century Fashion" along with looking at Christian Lacroix designs for inpiration to create a piece of embroidery. I am fascinated by the story of Marie Antoinette. While she is best remembered wearing the huge court panniers and high dressed hair of the mid 18th century, i have read that, as she grew older, she favoured a simpler life. She introduced the muslin dress, retreated to the quiet unregimented life at Petit Trianon and spent more time with her children than most monarchs of her era.

Mood Board of  pictures that inspire me.  Left - Christian Lacroix designs.  Right - 18th Century Fashion

Inspirational pictures mounted in my ledger

Mood Board - showing inspirational pictures along with colour study in thread, fabric and ribbon.

Close view of image from my Mood board.  The colour study includes lace, ribbon, fabric and wool

Close view of image from my Mood Board - Christian Lacroix inspired designs with sheer fabric,  embossed paper and sequin trimming.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Dear Diary 2014, Week 20

12th May  to 18th May 2014
This weeks image is from an album of silk designs by James Leman {1688-1745} , 1706 - 30.
It is a busy piece but hugely inspirational. I particularly like the larger pink flowers and smaller blue flowers. I have interpreted them into a stitch sampler using Silk Ribbon, of  2mm, 4mm and 7mm thickness, utilising the Ribbon Stitch.

Album of silk designs by James Leman {1688-1745} , 1706 - 30

Friday, May 16, 2014

Pillows & Pages Class

Throughout March and April of this year i participated in Karen Ruane's online Pillows & Pages Class.  Karen walked us through the steps to create her oversized pin pillow with a pocket, and embellished with hand stitching and fabric manipulation. Once this was completed Karen  demonstrated her ideas to made a ledger page / card  using thread, fabric and a picture of the finished Pillow.  I have now completed my pin pillows and posted the images below. Mine includes loopy bullion knots, french knots, runniing stitch, prairie points and loopy taps to attach sewing tools.  I am still working on completing the pages component of the class. 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

SS4 - Dark Blue - Ledger Page

For my work with  Karen Ruane's  Simply Sitch 4 online group i have been looking at the colour Blue and what it is known to represent.  In particular the words i have chosen from Dark Blue and True Blue to delve into further are:-
  • Dark Blue = represents knowledge and integrity
  • True Blue =  represents someone loyal and faithful.
I have sought the reference of the Free Dictionary to find the meanings of these words that represent "Dark Blue" and "True Blue". 
loy·al·ty   =  faithfulness to commitments or obligations
faith·ful  =  True to one's word, promises, vows, etc. Reliable, trusted, or believed.
in·teg·ri·ty  =  Adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.
knowl·edge  =  Learning; erudition: teachers of great knowledge.

 The next step was to look at how these words could be worked into a stitch sampler. Hexagons have been noted for their resemblance to the blue words faithful and loyalty..The reasoning behind this is the well know "Grandmothers Flower Motive" made from hexagons. Grandmothers and Mothers are faithful, reliable and loyal,  always upholding integrity and honesty and teachers of great knowledge.. Then there are the old blue transfers. They have stood the test of time, been around for ever it seems, used by our mothers and grandmothers alike, and now, today, we are turning to them, to be used in our embroidery. Again loyal - faithful - learning and integrity.
So documenting my findings into my ledger has continued. Stitched samplers and snippet cloth have been worked, using lace and old shirts from family members to record and keep their memory close by.
Ledger Page

Ledger Page

Smippet Cloth

Lace Sampler with hand embroidery

Dear Diary 2014, Week 19

5th May 2014 to 11th May 2014
This weeks V&A Image is a design by James Leman {1688 - 1745} Spitalfields, London, about 1719
Design by James Leman {1688 - 1745} Spitalfields, London, about 1719
My interpreted sample for this week’s Diary image is, again, in line with a “Textile Sample Book”. I have engaged a pink floral motif fabric with a piece of lace attached, mounted into a rose coloured card card.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Dear Diary 2014, Week 18

28th April 2014 to 4th May 2014

My Stitch sampler this week is a Rose Bud and a flower, and the colours i have picked up are the blue and pink/marone from the V&A images. The Rose Bud is made from wire edged silk Ribbon., I have also used a piece of lace to pick up the lace in the image on the left. The flower is worked using gathered Wire edged Ribbon and netting, with french knots for the centre.

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