Saturday, 6 December 2008
Thursday, 6 November 2008
Thursday, 30 October 2008
This is the 'spot the difference' section :-) There is about 10 hours difference between the first and second photo.
Sunday, 12 October 2008
The petals which were white on the original I decided to leave white, so I marked them and then coloured the rest in. There is also a light blue in here, but I only had a light blue pencil rather than a felt tip, so it doesn't show up very well.
Then I did a second version just for some variation. Then I thought what would it look like if I used one of the colours more that the others (well I suppose that should be two colours, since the white petals are a colour as well of course), and so we have version three.Version three
I think I've pretty much discounted version three, or at least in this colour way. The colours don't look the same on the white paper as they will on the red silk of course, perhaps when I actually put thread to fabric I'll change my mind.
No work next weekend so I'll be able to get some stitching done and will hopefully have an update on this and Treasure Ship.
Friday, 10 October 2008
Having completed Iris Stream and with my stitching week in Bournemouth coming up I thought that I'd go back to this one and frame it up so I could sort out the colours when there. I also started doing some outlining of the petals, this helps support the cords during the stitching process.
Actually when I took this out of the folder to frame it up I decided I rather liked it without the blue section in the centre of the flower. So all turned out ok. I may decide to put some blue in with fuzzy effect once all the rest is stitched. Only time will tell. I always enjoy choosing colours but I haven't yet developed the skill of my tutor for putting colours together. So this is how we came up with a new colour scheme, first I placed onto the fabric a tube each of the colour scheme sent by JEC. Then I got out colours I liked and/or brighter versions of the original colours. Then they all went back again and I got out wild and wonderful colours, including the bright green I used on Himotabe below (which strangely seemed to work with the red) but I wasn't convinced. Enter Sensei Margaret stage left to save the day. After swapping colours around for a while we kept some of the colours I choose (including the green), added a couple of new ones, and kept a couple of the originals. I'm not going to share the final colour scheme with you here - it will be revealed over time. You can be sure that it'll be very bright and I think will make Himotabe quite dull!! Following the previous post about the copyright problems JEC are having. I'm not going to include links on any of the photographs on this blog any more (plus I'll be going back to take the others out). This means that it will no longer be possible to download any photos from here. Sorry, but I feel very strongly about this copyright issue. However, if any JE student out there would like a copy of a photo for reference when they are working on a piece I'll be happy to send a copy over - just drop me an email.
Tuesday, 7 October 2008
Sunday, 5 October 2008
Sunday, 21 September 2008
This has been an interesting piece to stitch, kind of half way between creating a full design from scratch and stitching a pre-designed piece. I have enjoyed figuring out colours and techniques and have learned quite a lot, about what both works and what doesn't.
Monday, 15 September 2008
I'm finding it much easier to work on this fabric now. It's a bit odd though, the normal tension we would put on the silk is too much for this fabric and it pulls the warp and weft threads out of place, so I've had to get used to not pulling the thread as much as I would normally. However it all seems to be working out now and I'm very pleased with how it is going.
Thursday, 21 August 2008
Sunday, 17 August 2008
The blue edge on the fan represents the outer fan stick, the lines on the handle of the fan represent the edges of the other fan sticks. I wanted to make these a little different to the clouds and the other edges so I worked them in two lines of #1 twisted gold. After finishing the fan I went back to some of the pines. First I completed the veins on the leaves then couched #3 gold round the bottom of the leaves.
Starting on the outside edge the gold is couched round and round until the top and bottom of the shape touch. As this point the middle of the round shape is filled in, the gold is finished off and the couching starts again on the next shape.
By the time I'd done the top two pines I'd had enough of couching so I packed it in at that point, but I am very pleased with how they are looking.
Sunday, 10 August 2008
I have worked a few of the centre flowers with #1 gold, but it has been difficult to get a good picture so here is a close up of one of the flowers. This picture makes it look quite big but the shippo are only about an inch across, so the gold flowers are really quite tiny.
I have enjoyed stitching the shippo, but I thought I needed a break as there is another 1/3rd or so to be completed, so I decided to break it up a bit and have a go at another section of goldwork.
The broom is first worked with a flat gold silk and then it is overstitched with #4 gold which form the twiggy branches of the broom. The yellow lines you can see on the flat silk are guide lines for the gold thread, only the main branches are marked, all the little twiggy offshoots are stitched randomly.
I have tried to get an overview of the broom but the flash bounced of the silk a bit, will have to have another go in natural light. I think this gives a pretty good idea of how the broom will look once all the twiggy sections are completed.
If anyone out there is counting, we are up to 158 hours!!
Tuesday, 29 July 2008
In no way does it have the same impact as the Hoitsu Scroll stitched by the professionals of Kurenai-kai but every time I look at it it will remind me of the original.
Sadly I don't have a picture of the full scroll which I can share with you. But if you would like to see some there are some pictures on the CD of the World Exhibition 2007 which is available from JEC.
It has taken me longer than I thought to get back into the routine of stitching, but now I have and have finished Iris Stream I am looking forward to getting on with Treasure Ship.
This picture shows the lines on the boat in progress, I have completed this section, just need to take some photographs.
Couching gold work is my least favourite part of Japanese embroidery. This piece doesn't have much couching work on it, these clouds on the fan and part of the mast of the ship, but on going back to this piece I decided to work the fan clouds first so then I can relax and enjoy the rest of the stitching.
The gaps between the couching look quite obvious here, partly because it is a close up and partly because the black fabric shows through the gap. It looks ok in real life though so I will not be taking it out. Actually the spacing on the middle cloud is better then the one on the right. I worked the one on the right first so by the time I worked the middle one I had had a bit of practice. The third cloud on the left will also be filled in, I'll do that next.
Thursday, 24 July 2008
Last Saturday was Japan Day 2008 in Liverpool where we had a stand and were demonstrating our stitching. We had a great day and were overwhelmed by the number of visitors we had to our stall and by all the lovely things they had to say about our work. A big thank you to everyone who came along and said hello.
I am surrounded by Japanese embroidery every day and see so much beautiful work by my fellow students that I forget sometimes there aren't that many of us and am always surprised by the reaction of people who are seeing traditional Japanese embroidery for the first time.
I shouldn't be really as it is the same response I had, but it is lovely to experience and even more lovely to talk to new people about my passion.