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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Monday, February 24, 2014
The Fun Part!
In my next post I will share what wire I used for my pieces, and how I prepared it prior to use
Friday, February 21, 2014
Leaves.....More Leaves.....Still, More Leaves!
I checked several times placement on the basket to be sure they would fit right before I finished them in silk
Now comes the fun fun part, assembling the center panel on the basket! If you grew up in the 1970s, you should remember the 'cling form' toys that were so popular~ if you don't, they were packaged like a board game with a scene on the board coated in plastic. With it came a bunch of little plastic sticker looking pieces that you could position around on the board to make scenes. They clung to it by static electricity, hence the name Cling Form~ anyway, this next step reminded me of that game a lot, as I had all my pieces finished and I could put them where ever I wanted, it was pretty fun ;)
Monday, February 17, 2014
Saturday, February 15, 2014
A c1740 Fine Linen Christening set
Clockwise from the top ~ Chemise or shirt, bonnet, forehead cloth, pair of mitts and muff.
The forehead cloth is a curious triangle of fabric with ties on each end that was worn under the cap. It held babys hair away from the face, as well as protected the cap from and hair oils. It could also be worn indoors by itself....very informally, but baby still had the head covered. It's purpose was not to protect the 'soft spot' on baby's head, as it was also worn by adults.
The lace cuffs have little eyelet holes on each end for a set of sleeve links to connect
Friday, February 14, 2014
Thursday, February 13, 2014
And a Contest!
My basket won Grande Prize in the contest, and was revealed yesterday on the Thistle Threads blog~ you can go and read about it and the other wonderful winners here .
I am so thrilled and so honored and just down right overwhelmed at the response it has gotten~ thank you all so much for your kind comments and emails
I have kept exact count of each and every bead, and every minute of work that has gone into the making, and thought it would be wonderful to have a little game of fun~ like guessing how many jelly beans are in a jar~ only now, Lamora of Access Commodities has donated wonderful new embroidery threads for the prizes~ so follow the link above and send Tricia an email~ (dont send them to ME~ they wont count!!) and try and guess how many beads you think there are...or how many hours and minutes of work it took to complete!
I have also added special order miniature sculpted figures for Stumpwork over on the Diamond K Folk Art Shoppe blog for those of you who have emailed me and asked for them~
Monday, February 10, 2014
Just Don't Think About It....
To make my design for the center panel, I first took a pen and traced around the lines of the angel I wanted to keep~ the major points of her face, her hands, arms and gown. Heck just studying her gown became very confusing..and then, do I give her feet? No feet? and what exactly is she doing with her arms outstretched??? I needed her to fit into the context of my basket....I wanted her to look like she was at home there...not cut out of a magazine and pasted in like a collage
This is a first draft of my design~ I just wanted to get the elements in that I knew I wanted drawn on there~ herself, and secondly, the smiling sun we see on 90% of 17th embroidery....I am always cold and love when springtime comes and I can go sit out in the warm sun....the sun is a happy place for me. I also love rainbows, and wanted to keep the idea of a encompassing wreath, like the Corning basket had a scant bit of....it is also a feature I adore on the casket lids, the central ladye surrounded by a needle lace or silk purl wrapped wreath of a zillion little pieces. I went back and forth quite a bit trying to decide should she have feet or not, as you can see
Stumpwork, weather it be embroidered or beaded, looks crazy intimidating and horribly difficult...but if you think of it not as a finished piece, but as a bunch of little puzzle pieces to make and put together, its really thrilling and mad fun to do. That's how I decided to tackle it, one thing at a time, and in that moment, what I was working on was the whole plan...when I got that finished, on to the next puzzle piece. Stumpwork is a series of elements added to a background, and built up over many layers to achieve a wonderful three dimensional effect. But I was not using thread and needle on a satin background fabric....I was using beads. I needed some sort of something in the background I could attach my pieces to, to make up my center panel. To keep it airy and light, I chose to make a netted background that would blend in with the clouds behind my angel, and wouldn't be too horribly gaudy noticeable.
To start, I took my pattern I drew out, and beaded a wire the width of it~ I started in the center, and worked my way out to the tapered oval ends. Its just a basic lattice, once I got the first one done, I did one the same, but every other blue bead I passed the wire thru the blue bead of the previous row, to connect them all together.
I used the 32 g wire from the kit for this, which passed thru my antique pearl beads nicely, but I had to dig around a bit to find a light blue bead I liked that had a large enough hole for two passes of the wire. I went up a couple of bead sizes as you can see, before I found one that would work, and one of the neat things about these early baskets is that they are not made all from the same size of bead...they are a hodge podge of all different types and sizes that really makes them interesting
This is the first two, the center two rows complete. The little loops I added to the ends to stitch it to my basket, as I didn't want the ends to show if I wrapped them around the center ring, over the lattice and silk wrapping
Every so often, I would stretch and bend my lattice to the right shape, and lay it over my pattern to keep track of where I was and how large to make it. When I got to the oval ends, I just omitted the overlap to keep the pattern even
Thursday, February 06, 2014
Let the Bead Stabbing Commence....
At this point, I was quite...quite excited to start the spiral wrapping......until I realized before I could wrap the edge, alllllllllllllllllllllll those beads had to be strung on the wire. AK!! So there I stood, literally for DAYS, stabbing beads and counting...stabbing beads and counting. Well, actually, when I first started I was gingerly threading them on....but by the time I was done, Pip remarked at how I was 'stabbing' those beads on.
Now....VERY important! Enlarge this picture to see that the two lengths of wire I have wrapped around themselves right up to the beads~ this is to keep tension on the beads so the wire is solid beads, with no spaces. Now...see there is a tail length and then what I am holding is knotted, and knotted again! You simply MUST give yourself a long tail when wrapping a spiral edge~ as you wrap there will become more and more tension on the beads~ they will become so tight that they will literally explode and shoot off the end of the wire~ no matter how many times you wrap them around themselves~ this is where the knot comes in at the end. It will keep the beads on the wire! Yes, I had two said explosions~ the first time I thought I had just not wound them together enough times (10)....the second, the very end of the wire was knotted into an absolute mess of a knot and it worked perfectly.
Speaking of panels....what one to do first???? As is usual for me, I picked what I thought would be the most difficult and take the longest, the center panel
This is a side view of a casket in the Burrell Collection. I have loved this angel for forever~ She was planned for my casket, which, she may also get onto...but she was for sure to be the delight of my center panel