La soffitta del tempo perduto...

....è là , nella mente e nel sogno, dove è possibile recuperare le speranze e le aspettative, dove volere è potere e tutto diviene possibile, dove la fantasia e la creatività non vengono strangolate dai ritmi di una vita frenetica ed il tempo scorre lentamente, dove la mente vola libera senza restrizioni, dove finalmente si è liberi di essere e ci si può rifugiare e prendere un respiro.

The attic of the lost there, in the mind and dreams, where is possible to recover the hopes and the expectations, where what you want is what you can and everything becomes possible, where fantasy and creativity are not strangled from the rhythms of a phrenetic life and time flows slowly, where the mind flyes free with no restrictions, where finally one is free of being and can refuge in and take a breath.

The Pomegranate - PDF instructions available

The Pomegranate - PDF instructions available

lunedì 16 gennaio 2012

Raised embroidery progress

Sun an clouds are nearly completed, only the right side little cloud is still on the way.

I started padding all with beige felt, then I couched the Japanese gilt thread for the body of the sun.

The rays are made with gilt whipped plate. A pearl purl surround completes all.

The left cloud was made using single Brussel stitch needlelace.

The other clouds where made with cotton/linen slub thread from Stef Francis using natural colour and an overdyed one; about the overdyed I have used part of it cutting pieces of thread that where right in colour and not the entire strand.

Then I have surrounded the clouds with DMC Desirè memory thread; it's a nice stuff made of a thin copper core wire wrapped with a coloured thread, this was colour 6030.
I still not have found the right gimp thread made of silk that are the correct historical material for this kind of embroidery, the one I have bought from Texere yarns is too thick and uneven.
I decided that don't want to become crazy trying to find all the exact materials used in the old times but I want to learn the tecniques and most important....have fun !
I'm trying to do my best about this but must not be an obsession, don't you think so ?

6 commenti:

  1. Wonderful embroidery! Now, I'm learning goldwork and stumpwork embroidery with the Ruth Chamberlin's book

  2. DMC has produced a new metallised thread Diamant. I haven't bought her yet, but it sounds good.

  3. Splendido lavoro omplimenti!
    Felice Anno,Monica

  4. I saw your comment on Stitchin Fingers...pity it didn't go further...I've been a bit out of it myself...catching up on blogs now.

    The sun is just magnificent. Everything you'd want a sun in that sort of piece to be!

    The clouds are lovely too. I know memory thread- I have a couple of spindles. It's a pity that you couldn't get the right gimp after all our discussion, but yeah - a modern alternative that looks better than a historical one that doesn't look right. It's not like there is a Great Rule Master that will slap your paws!

    In my very small and humble opinion, there is a bit much colour contrast between the cotton slubbing used on the main cloud and the silk used in the small cloud than I would have chosen myself. The main cloud is quite faint in colour, the small one quite strong. Of course, this is only a photo. The juxtaposition of the different materials is very interesting though.

  5. I agree with you Elmsley Rose, I'm thinking about some changes....