Thursday, May 10, 2012

Humpty Done-dy

If I said I was one hundred percent happy with my completed piece, I would be stretching the truth. Honestly, I wish I had one more day to redo some of the cutwork brick areas. I was so focused on not cracking the bullion purl, I wasn't watching my spacing. Some of my bricks look so crowded but I truly don't know how they will be graded. I had to let them go as they were, as time ran out quicker than expected.

If you noticed, there is a big gap in the work progress as depicted in my photos. Those were the critical moments when I was working on my own well into the night and told myself I would photograph my work first thing in the morning. Well, that didn't happen, so here's what I have managed to record.
Last minute details take shape. Lips stitched in stria-shaded padded satin stitching, jacket studded with French knotted paillettes, and work begins on brick wall.

Cutwork along bricks is almost completed. The tiny shoe is formed of pueter colored kid leather complete with tiny buckle and strap. Along the brick ledge is S-ing technique of rough purl and bright check alternately.

The completed work with added shading to legs and wall.

Closeup of bricking and details of sock. Note the lapel is stitched with plate, one of the advanced stitch requirements.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Gold Rush

I'm sorry that I haven't had time to check in with you this past week. I have been busy working on my goldwork project in San Francisco and haven't had a moment to spare for anything but stitching. I did manage to keep a photo diary of my progress each day.
Here I am working on my slate frame and trestle stands.
This photo shows the felt areas in preparation of metal threads. The yellow areas are for gold threads and the white areas are for silver threads.
Silver Japan thread outlines the head while Gold Japan threads form the pants.
A closeup view of the right hand. Notice the shades of purple shading.

Kid leather forms the bow and work begins on the left hand. Note the string padding along the crease of the hand. The head is outlined with silver pearl purl and the facial features take shape.