Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Iris Stream & Treasure Ship

Yay, Iris Stream is finished at last. I have really enjoyed stitching this piece and am very pleased with how it turned out.
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.


Plays with Needles said...

Congratulations on your iris stream! It turned out beautifully. What a delight it was to go to your blog today and see your japanese embroidery. Quite an accomplishment!

Anonymous said...

Jane its beautifully and I can't wait to see it for real. You are a beautiful stitcher and good luck with treasure ship (scccccccaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrryyyyyyyyyyy will have to do it one day) Bye for now Sue

coral-seas said...

Jane it's absolutely beautiful. I hope you have enjoyed stitching this one, I'm sure you are going to enjoy seeing it everyday, once it is framed.

Hope to see it in August.


Elisabeth Braun said...

Your work is lovely, as always!

Are you going to be at the M'cr Show at the end of the month? Don't suppose I will be, but you never know. If we're both there, I'll be sure to come over and say 'hi'!=)

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