Saturday, June 28, 2014

EGA Master Craftsman project

I am trying to finish the project(s) for EGA Master Craftsman in Color. The submissions are due in July; so I have no time to do my JE Camellia. (Whew!)

One of my pieces (if successful) is going to be the interpretation of the photo (with her kind permission) that my friend took when she visited Halong Bay in Hanoi. She talked about it in her blog travelswithrarecat.

I use white Dupioni silk as the ground. One thing I found out regarding painting on Dupioni silk is that I have to pre-wash the silk, and very carefully. For my first unsuccessful attempt, I squeezed it dry after washing with synthrapol. The fabric got badly creased and no amount of re-wetting or ironing was capable of removing the wrinkles. There was also significant shrinkage after washing. So I had to wash it VERY gingerly.

I painted the sky with a light magenta wash, and an even lighter wash was painted on part of the water. The hills were painted with magenta shaded with black. The focal hill was stitched with 3 shades of Appleton wool. I hand dyed white silk gauze with shaded magenta and stitched the gauze on the mid-ground hills.

I had to experiment to find out how to do the water. I found the solution in Suzhou embroidery, from the books Threads of Light, and Chinese Embroidery. It is called random stitch embroidery by the former, and free cross stitch by the latter. So far I have 3 shades of magenta/mauve for the water.

For the companion piece, which has to be identical except for the color scheme, I'm thinking of doing it in black and white, and then stitching the raft in a brilliant red(?) color. I will contemplate on it as I work on  finishing the current piece.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Mother of Pearl, silk painting

Since I failed at an earlier attempt to stitch the Mother of Pearl effect, I thought it would help to paint it, and then maybe it will give me some insight as to how to stitch it. This is the result of a silk painting from a class I took at a local studio, with help from the teacher.

It looks nice, and I gained some insight into shading and shine; unfortunately I still have little clue as to how to translate it into embroidery.
Do you get the idea that I'm still in JE avoidance mode?