Saturday, February 6, 2016

Big Goldfish Tails

Both tail fins are done; and I have to shelf this for a while. I over subscribed myself for the next 6 months: 3 pieces due for EGA Challenge program, and 2 pieces plus paper for the EGA Master Craftsman program Step 5 (almost there!)

Wonder when I'm ever going to get back to Antique Mirrors...sigh..

Monday, February 1, 2016

Second Goldfish Tail

In addition to shell powder and tissue transfer for superposition, there is a third alternative (probably unsanctioned by traditionalists). The instructions for this piece call for shining a light under the fabric that allows the underlying stitch lines to show through. That was how the right tail veins were stitched. Here's the jury-rigged set-up. The photo was tilted to show the lamp being clamped to shine underneath the fabric.
It takes some getting used to; as the light bulb interferes with my knees and the needle when the needle is underneath. But it is much easier than either shell powder or tissue transfer. And of course this technique only works on thin fabrics, i.e., not on my Antique Mirror piece. (sigh!)
Today's progress:

Friday, January 29, 2016

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Tail Veins

I decided not to follow the instructions to leave the gold veins for last. I want to make sure it works; also if I don't put the veins on, I'll have to do temporary holding to hold the satin stitches in place. After some trial - and using just a needle to stitch the #1 gold per the instructions does not work for me - the beading koma technique from Mary Alice is the way to go. However I have to hold the gold thread in place with my fingers - to make sure all 4 strands line up. I am washing my hands every 20 minutes to make sure my hands stay clean.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Goldfish Tail

It looks a lot better today. For the first shading, I used 6 sugas orange and 6 sugas white. For the next one I used 4 sugas orange and 8 sugas white. Then it should fade to all white.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Back to Goldfish

Before I shelved the piece, I realized that the tail was bad. Fortunately Mary Alice has the extra silk so I can re-do it.

Ouch! Ouch! Ouch!

The reason for the mistake was that the silk, being somewhat thin, has stretched and the satin stitches became looser as I progressed, forming a bubble. So I had to re-stretch the piece before starting. The moral of the story is - always check for tautness before starting.

I also prefer the tail fin to be more delicate; so that instead of using all 16 sugas I will be using 12.


Thursday, December 31, 2015

Atmospheric Perspective contd

The perspective looks good with the layered, painted silk gauze.

Too bad the mountain looks bad.

Version 1.0 -  tried to improve it by adding some cat fuzz for clouds...

Version 2.0 - covered it up with gray gauze...

Next attempt is to add something to give the mountain some scale. Unfortunately there's a limit to how much I can modify at this point... Oh dear!