This piece is progressing, slowly ....but progressing all the same. It has another petal cluster, that makes three. A new run of wrapped flowers is taking shape along one edge and it won't be long before it's ready to be backed, finished, titivated.
One more thing ticked off the ''to do'' list. A white pouch with a top opening, prairie points and buttonhole lace edges. The red is quite stark against the white, I like it. This one is pieced mostly with vintage scraps, some more worn than others. If you look very closely when handling it you can see the evidence of it's past life in certain areas. I like that too.
I stuffed it with muslin when I took the pictures, it gave more body to the piece, allowed the top to stay open. I just noticed you can see that muslin in the last image. Oh well, it's new muslin, unused muslin and it's very clean honest.
This one is going in my cabinet now. It's going to be guarded and kept safe for London along with the other things I have made so far. Pillows, pockets, lace cloth, snippet cloth. This is the first pouch. There will only be two of those, I don't have enough time to make three. Time is marching on, only four weeks....yikes....I'm scared.
There's been a lot of doodling this past week, a lot of tracing, a lot of stuff on paper. I've been assessing what I need in terms of mount board, assessing which stitched samples I wish to mount and which ones I want to be free, touchable, hand held.
The doodling has led to new ideas and the stitched samples have led to more plans for stitched pieces, samples and finished works on cloth.
Then there were the parcels in the mail. I am the very happy owner of stacks of ''new to me'' vintage pieces.
The pillows? I was taking images of those, a request that I can't say much about yet.
Now I have to concentrate on linings, linings for pouches. Time to measure, cut and hand stitch.
Red dots....and some red stitch, chain stitch, running stitch, French knots...all red. It's mainly white, the red lifts it I think. Later today this will morph into a simple pouch with prairie points at the edge...she says. That's the plan. I don't have much of the dotty fabric left so it's a case of how far that will stretch for creating the prairie points.
My plans for a ''collection'', (spoken about yesterday), I left those to one side last night to finish this. They may be laid aside a little longer whilst I progress other things but I did give the main piece from yesterday more attention and that is ready to be finished, hemmed. I am however making notes, collection themed notes....on a scrap of paper accompanied by scribbled doodles.
Like I said, I really hope you are not sick of seeing this but I am in a very happy place today because of this embroidered scrap. It's different since you last saw it, it has piping cord and coloured bullion knots, the bullion knots which I said were waiting for me in an earlier post. I love it so much I want to make more, a collection perhaps. I remember years ago having to follow a theme for assessment and that would involve several pieces, all linked, each with a different function. For example, a pocket top, a button, a collar, a garment section, all related in some way, similar patterning, same colours, similar cloth.
I am aware that I create mini collections already. The difference is that they mostly take the form of scraps, samples, they lack a reference to anything functional such as buttons, collars etc. What I want to do with this one is expand the idea differently, with reference to those earlier, functional assessment pieces. I mean, it's not like I have anything else to do is it???? That's just my way of getting my feet back on the ground because actually, I already have a million things to do and perhaps shouldn't be thinking about a new collection. BUT...what can you do if inspiration gets hold of you? Find a way to fit it in is the answer.
Going back to the images, the bullions are embroidered using two strands of stranded cotton. That, I find, is much trickier than using a single strand of coton a broder. To me they aren't that good, a little loose perhaps? I doubt they would pass an inspection by Her Majesty's Inspector of Bullion Knots. It's a good thing i haven't invited her round then. I can live with them. I will practice....
Finally, I have to say it.....this piece reminds me of these....
Paper, prints, tracing, doodling, a selection of the past couple of weeks playtime with paper. I love to roll paper, what can I say. I love to roll paper in the same way I love to fold cloth. It's a compulsion, it's unavoidable, it's a great way to spend five minutes!
I've been gazing at these all morning, lost in some kind of trance. I feel I should have had a blinding revelation on where to go next and it hasn't arrived. I'll just keep waiting......
Meantime, a reminder. Come doodle with me. Come and create a few pages for your ledger. I'm going to be playing more with paper, cutting it, collage and stuff like that........all good clean fun and the perfect way to keep out of mischief. You can read more about that over here.
I've got bullion knots to attend to now, colourful bullion knots wrapped around the thinnest of piping cords. I will keep one eye on these papers whilst I work those knots and who knows what will happen.
There are quite a few pieces ''in progress'' here at the moment. The coloured piece, the doodled cloth you have seen earlier this week. It was added to last night. More applique and more coloured inserts have been added to that surface. I do adore this one, trouble is I can't decide when enough is enough. I could keep going with this forever.
The second piece here, the white piece...........it's a tiny pillow top with added gimp, bullion knots and a few glass beads. What struck me this morning is how good they look together. They couldn't be more different individually but don't they look happy together? If I had nothing at all to do, if my ''to do'' pile wasn't already huge then there would have been a new piece taking shape from these images...doodled cloth with added bling.
Two partial flower heads consisting of three applique petals and one circular centre have have been applied to the surface ofthis piece. Each petal and each centre has been edged with white chain stitch, pink chain stitch and green running stitch. I still want to add another of these ''almost'' flower heads on this section before adding a final row of flowers with wrapped stalks along the remaining, unembellished strip.
This will be a pouch. At the moment I am having a debate with myself over how that pouch will be finished. Rather than have a centre opening at the back like this piece I am tempted to keep it simple, or simpler. A basic pocket construction, open at the top, almost like a paper bag but with dainty titivations along the opening....
This one is dainty, delicate....at least I think it is. The cloth from here that I doodled on in class has been embellished with tiny scraps of colour. The embroidery stitches have also been worked in colour, colour which I hope compliments the doodles. I most definitely want to add more to this, to finish it, to edge it, hem it, make tiny dangly things for one edge.
Then what will I do with it? I did intend to mount it, like a sample, a reference for future work but you know what.....I changed my mind. This one needs more care than that, more recognition. This one will be loosely folded and placed in my glass cabinet where I can see it and handle it regularly.....most likely every day.
Do you recall I spoke about my old blog a while ago? It has mostly lay unattended since 2012 but occasionally I go back, take a look and am always amazed with at least a few of the pieces I made when I lived there. I haven't ''forgotten'' any of these, there is an instant recognition and in fact I see some of these images when I look at my flickr photostream. Looking back helps if I'm stuck creatively. It's a reacquaintance, a reminder of things that aren't necessarily in the forefront of your mind.
When I do go back, even as far back as five or six years I can always recall what was happening in my life at that point and I can always remember what happened to each piece of work. There are three pieces in today's images, various glimpses of those three pieces. One, a hanging, was sold. There is also a sample which I still own, the lacy piece with the tassel like edge and then there are two pockets from Helen's cloth, a wrapping cloth I made for my daughter. I know exactly where that is, it's across the foot of her bed.......