Friday, September 2, 2011

a thoughtful gift and...

Back here I posted a video on the Cosmati Pavements at Westminster Abbey. Lots of you  became interested in doing more research. Karen T. actually went to Westminster Abbey and saw them in person. Unfortunately no picture taking was allowed. She purchased some beautiful cards that were being sold in the shop and sent some to me since I was the one who peeked her interest on this topic. I was so surprised and so appreciative. Thank you so much Karen T. for your thoughtfulness.
postcards, puzzle card and info from Westminster Abbey


wanted you to see that one of the cards is a puzzle

Last Monday, I posted about my experiment with avocado bundling. The liquid remaining in the pot was pink so I dropped a few pieces of white cloth in the pot. The silk organza turned brown and the linen pieces and the lace did turn a pale pink. The pink is not showing up in this picture.

silk turned brown; linen and lace a light pink
 I've been enjoying Karen's embroidery class and worked on one section of the piece I posted last time. I'm pleased with the netted lace look, that is just a blanket stitch done through the loops, and with the french knots but not really pleased with the whole look. I need to plan better next time. I'm going to try and run a ribbon through the loops on the pink strip because it really doesn't blend with the pink in the checkerboard. It only measures 3" x 5" so it's just a tiny section of the whole piece.


And just did another section. Much happier with this than the one above.

web stitch, french knots, buttons
Saturday update:  I've decided to do this piece as a sampler since I'm learning new things and am not ready to design a piece that will please me. Once I experiment with all these new techniques and stitches, it will be easier to put something together.

7 comments:

Ms. ∆×∆p×≥h/4π said...

You have a very elegant eye. and an editors take on detail. i think the colors you got are wonderfully subtle, like vintage shades I remember from somewhere, sometime in my past.

Jeannie said...

I really like what you are creating in Karen's class. It has a subtle elegance to it. I love old architecture and the postcards are wonderful. Wishing you a beautiful weekend.

Gina said...

I really like the second piece - it seems fragile and feminine. I'm not overly fond of prairie points but they do add a nice touch here.

I can see how the postcards would enable all kinds of inspiration! I would love to see those in person myself.

karen said...

I think a sampler is a fabulous idea and it will be a resource and a piece of inspiration when you do feel ready. Westminster Abbey is an amazing building. If I was to name my favourite place in the whole world it would be Westminster, the whole area, Houses of Parliament and everything. I often go there and just sit, mesmerised by the history and the beautiful buildings.

Els said...

Ha, like what you're doing with Karen!

MulticoloredPieces said...

I've enjoyed your embroidery and lace work. So delicate and lovely.
best, nadia

ACey said...

as always your sense of placement and workmanship is impeccable. loved the image in the other post of all your new stash additions!

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