The drip, drip of images taken of different sections of my happy cloth continues. Slowly this cloth is getting finished, titivation's added when I make a decision on what I want and where. The latest of these is the addition of Suffolk puffs to pocket tops. When this cloth is completely finished the position of these pockets on the surface will be evident in the video show and tell I intend to make for you. Meanwhile I have to decide what to put on edges, how many, which edge, a full edge or a partial edge....so many decisions, such an indecisive embroiderer.
One piece of silk dupion embroidered, appliqued, added gimp, added French knots, added bullion knots. One piece of silk velvet embroidered, appliqued, added gimp, added French knots, added bullion knots. Put them right sides together, stitch three sides and hey presto you have a pocket. This pocket will go in the seam between the front and back of my happy cloth. It's a happy pocket. I will be sewing my front and back together in less than an hour.....I am so excited.
It's the last one, it's November and December. These will be more familiar maybe as they are more recent. November and December were busy. I went to London, I went to Berlin, I had a decorator camped here for almost a week. I mostly worked on my happy cloth but there was a little bit of other stuff going on too.
The stitching, the paper, the collage, the ledger work, the buttons and beads and titivation's I've shown on here over the last week or so will all be present in one form or another in my new class which starts next Monday.
There's no looking back today...this is now, this is current....embroidery for my happy cloth and some pinned scraps for accessories for said cloth. Then there are glimpses from this week, Christmas week, gifts, (last two images) I must have been very good this year...shhhh. It was my wedding Anniversary last Saturday too....beautiful flowers.
I hope you are all getting excited about the upcoming visit from the man in the red suit. If he's not your type and you don't celebrate Santa then I wish you excitement and happiness in other ways. I will be back tomorrow. I can't keep away. I will get up half an hour earlier to get my chores finished.
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It's March today and there's another video. (from March) I made a lot of things in March. It must have looked like a button factory for one thing! I was probably panicking abut France, (teaching and exhibiting in April) . Sometimes I wish I had kept some of these things when I am looking back like this but then I think there would be no room for me in the house if I did that.
The wrapping cloth in the video I kept, that was always meant for me along with the cloth in the second image so I guess I don't fare badly when it comes to retaining things.
Will I get to April before the year ends? Maybe but I'm not sure I will get to December, we are running out of days and I've got sprouts to peel.
And then there were three....three little ''kind of faces'' on one piece of silk, one half of a pocket. This particular piece is finished now, no further embroidery needed here. The paper piece? Well, I got to thinking how could I extend both these pieces (individually) (If had time, which I don't) I can however still think....and? Well...what if I put some of the ''kind of faces'' in amongst some of the surfaces on the paper piece? Mixed them up? Took a little bit of one and added it to the other? See where thinking gets you? It gets you something else you want to do but just don't have time for.
( I know I'm late for school today....stand by your computers...I am just waiting for the videos to upload)
My happy little friend from here now has a friend of his own. I now have two....I need five....I'm on it. They're not ''peas in a pod'', they're not meant to be. I don't think there will be any more with noses but I do think they will all have the new, fashionable hairstyle otherwise known as the ''curly gimp, French knot and bullion coiffure''.
I'm still playing ''embroidery catch up'' but I have a hankering for paper, ledgers, colour, play. I'm wondering where I can fit that in today. Maybe I won't, maybe it will have to be tomorrow.....I am determined though.
At this time of year people usually look back over the last 12 months....I was going to do that but I got sidetracked, distracted by this piece. I see this every day when I make the bed. It lives there when I'm not sleeping. (I take it off at night) What surprised me was that it's 2 years almost since I made this? Really? Here is the post as it was written then...enjoy.
It started with a box of old hankies.
What do you do when you are given a box filled with old hankies, mostly men's hankies, checks, stripes, spots? You use nine of them to make a hankie cloth and some of the others to make pockets and buttons for extra surface titivation, at least that's what I did. You add a little femininity to the obviously masculine cloth by means of embroidery, knots, applique, snippets of lace, brightly coloured bullion loops, wrapped threads.........
In truth the images don't do it justice. It needs to be held, examined closely. You need to be able to feel the weight of it, appreciate the surface texture, appreciate the areas where the buttons make it heavier and get a sense of how the pockets lift to reveal the embroidered and embellished reverse which each of them has resulting in backs which are equally as lovely as the front.
I feel very lucky in that I will be able to do that every day.