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...
Modifying the design as I go along. I use the silk from an old silk shirt, that has highlight spots which gives it a nice texture. I'm using 3 widths of natural white silk ribbon - 2 mm, 4 mm and 7 mm. I've added small glass beads, small fresh water seed pearls, and french knots with single and double strands of Rainbow Gallery Splendor silk.
Next I'll be working on the detached wire-rimmed petals; debating between using the Splendor silk or cotton floss, on an organiza ground - so as to make the petals more delicate.
I did the temporary holding stitch, at 1 cm intervals, and finished the Short Stitch Holding (SSH) for the blue section. I was not able to maintain a consistent angle, so for the light brown section I decided to establish the angle using temporary guidelines that the SSH will follow. I'm using Clover Size 50 silk thread for the SSH, and to thin it out, I'm removing one of the 3 strands.
A concurrent project I'm starting is a Wedding Ring Pillow for my son's wedding next April. I had some problem getting started with the design, so I made a first attempt that was used as a starting point for discussion. The ground is dupioni silk, with spider roses, stitched leaves and french knots and beads. I initially added some crystals that turned out to be too much; the color is also too white.
The next version should be reasonably close to the final piece. The design was made using a compass, with bubbles representing the motifs. I will make one more prototype before finalizing with silk threads and ribbons. The font will be the same as the wedding invitation (which hasn't been decided yet).
The frames came today and here are the final pictures. The Camellia (JE Phase 7) is a wood frame with a gold lip, double matted with green and gold.
The Blue Flower (EGA GCC) is a gold frame. Unfortunately it is too shallow to accommodate the artwork, the spacer and the glass. I will have to do something else about it, as it will be very unwise to hang it without the glass protection.
And while I had the tripod set up I took some additional views of the pieces.
For the antique mirror, I did some more blending during the 2 day class over the weekend.
The foundation of the round foreground mirror is done. I'm all set for Mary Alice Sinton's class this weekend! I'm looking forward for some pointers on doing the blending thread, as I'm not too happy at the way they turn out in the trial areas.
The gold paper strips woven in the weft direction make it easy to lay the weft foundation. In places where the background showed through, it emphasizes the bronze mirror. I think this is the right fabric for this piece. I mapped out the color changes for the foreground mirror.
I tested out the blending color at the top section, to make sure it is ok. The blue and brown patch at top left and the top edge are the blending threads that cover up the needle holes
Pooky is keeping me company, sleeping on my spare (and currently unoccupied) Japanese embroidery frame.
Got started on Faded Treasure (or Antique Mirrors). Initially I was disappointed that it did not come in the mottled red-brown fabric of the photo. Now I think the nishijin mottled black gold is prettier, although it is challenging since the fabric is unforgiving of mistakes, and the outline was hard to see because of the reflection. It got better after a while. So far the weft foundation was not too bad. I will have lots of practice with superposition and cords; I did not do either technique well in the earlier phases.
All the motifs will be covered up once the foundation is in place - and then they need to be transferred back on top of the foundation.