Saturday, January 31, 2015

Wedding Ring Pillow Finished

The font selected was stellajnif, so I loaded it into Word and was able to bend it. I tried several different ways to stitch the wording, and the best I came up with was using RG's Splendor silk, 3 strands for the capitals and 2 for the other letters, and couching it down with silk 50 wt thread.

I'm ready to finish the pillow once I get the ok. Then it is back to Antique Mirrors while waiting for the results of my Master Craftsman color submissions.

Monday, January 26, 2015

MC Color 2nd Piece

Re-stitched the second piece, by changing the top band color. The Step 2 project, plus the resubmission of the Step 1 pieces, have been sent in for the February judging - so I can stop agonizing about making modifications. The paper on Value and Saturation is posted at

Back to doing the wedding ring pillow, now that I have the correct fonts.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Master Craftsman Color 2nd piece

I finished my second piece and I am contemplating whether I should re-do it. Not totally what I envisioned - I think the middle portion should be darker. When I showed it to DH he thought it looked like a ski-run. Oh well! I call both pieces Views from the TARDIS - which actually was the original inspiration. I hope it looks abstract enough. I will sleep on it...

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Master Craftsman Color Step 2

After much agonizing and dragging of feet, I finally had to get going, in order to make the January 31 deadline. This step is on value and contrast, with 2 stitched abstract pieces to demonstrate the concept.
I started on a computer rendition, followed by painting the pieces I planned to stitch:

I tried out different color combinations on the doodle cloth.

I settled on these colors for the the first piece:

For the second piece, I plan to paint the center white portion a light grey - to provide a high minor key with much less saturation.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Antique Mirror Chrysanthemums

Started on the superposition chrysanthemums. They were reasonably ok - all things considered; the edges were not as evenly scalloped as they should be. At least the stitches were not sinking into the foundation. There are a lot more chrysanthemums that I should be able to improve on. It was quite difficult to stitch through all the layers in addition to the thick fabric.

A few "personal devices" I employed: 
1. I used DMC cotton instead of self-padding silk;
2. I used pliers to pull the needle through on the thick parts;
3. I used my circle template to generate the circles.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Antique Mirrors

Back to Faded Treasures. It's tissue transfer and basting, on and on and on...
Basting is done.

I decided to not baste every line, as evident in the two hanabishis. I'll see what happens when I start stitching them.

Tissue removed. I had to vacuum the floor afterwards to get rid of all the tissue scraps that I threw down as I was removing them.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wedding Ring Pillow

This is the final version for the flower circle, I hope. I stopped "enhancing" it as it will only go downhill from here. The original intended stumpwork wire rimmed petals did not work, so I decided to do concertina roses. These are more triangular in shape, and provide a contrast to the round spider roses - although they are a lot harder to work with the soft silk ribbons, especially the thinner 7 mm ribbons. I added calla lilies with pearl centers at the top and sides as well.


Now I have to find out about the font for the date and wordings...