Sunday, March 11, 2012

the experimenting continues...

The samples, from experimenting in Karen's class, are piling up. Recording them here helps me to remember what I have as the time is coming near when we will be joining them into some sort of design. Click on the images for a closer view.

left: tucks and pre-programmed stitch   right: scrim backed with blue and white cotton. hand stitched holes.

double layer of mulberry tissue...pre-programmed machine stitches

hand made paper cut out and machine stitched grid ready for weaving

bits of scrim and cotton leftovers woven through a dried up tissue wipe

And as if I'm not over extended already, I'm learning Chikan Embroidery, from Anita at artistic fingers. It is an Indian embroidery that is a form of whitework. Check out the links, if you are interested. The class is closed but all the lessons are posted on her blog. I'm working on the double back stitch which is the first lesson. The back looks like a herringbone stitch and creates a shadow on the front of the cloth.

double back stich creates a shadow effect on the front of the cloth

25 comments:

jenclair said...

Beautiful work. I'm going to have to take Karen's class because of all the wonderful experimenting I'm seeing around the blogging community.

I've long admired her work, but seeing the creativity she is inspiring in others is remarkable.

Anita said...

Hi Deanna!
Your stitches have come out well.
I'm curious to see how y'all are going to use it in your white work project..

Sara Crittenden Coppedge said...

It is all looking good and how exciting to also be taking the other class. I would like to learn that too! Ha.

Ms. said...

nice chronical--After simply admiring the craft of your craft--I have a question-Does the paper hold up under washing? I think the woven holes might work on those burns in a shirt I abandoned....

Mo Crow said...

oh wow! these new directions you are following are fabulous, love how the white on white is creating such delicate textures, shadows and how the weaving is drawing out the innate nature of your materials & as always your stitching is exquisite!

karen said...

you have beautiful samples Deanna and it is as if you are one step ahead of me....you experiment so beautifully you lead yourself to the next stage....

Rachel said...

Blogging is very useful for recording and thinking about our work, isn't it!
You've got some very interesting experiments there. I'll be fascinated to see where you go from here...

Jacky said...

You are going to have busy fingers!!! The samples are all so beautiful and will make a wonderful wrapping cloth.
The Chikan Embroidery is beautiful (I would love to learn that too) and will complement some of your white work in Karens class...what an amazing cloth this will be.


Jacky xox

Suzanna said...

Deanna, you are doing lots of interesting work...I love the piece you threw into the dye-pot!

Deb G said...

love seeing all your experiments...

Jeannie said...

Your experiments are beautiful! I love the cutwork leaf motif. Thanks for the link on the Indian embroidery. I really enjoyed reading the tutorial. I must make more time or sew faster! Wishing you a beautiful week.

neki desu said...

ohh such creative use of scrim!

Nancy said...

Deanna- You ARE busy! Such beautiful work comes from your quick fingers too! Woosh...there she goes again!

Dee said...

my NEXT class will have to be with Karen - I love what you are doing... I especially love the blue showing through the white... It will be fun to see how this embroidery/layering instruction informs your work down the road.

Notjustnat said...

What a fun experiment with different fibre and fabric. I do love paper cut pattern - hugs Nat

handstories said...

and here's more fabulous things to ponder!

looking at the last piece, i'm curious to see the other side & understand it better. are the centers of the stitching white because they are cut away, revealing another cloth underneath? or something else?

Tammie Lee said...

oh how wonderful, you are learning so much and each piece is quite different and full of charm.

saskia said...

wow, you have done and are doing so much! I like that you are trying so many different techniques (had no idea there are so many!) and your sharing of all your efforts. And how satisfying is it to finish something: I really like your bobbin lace collar (how on earth did you make that?)

deanna7trees said...

hi saskia. you can get a better idea of how the bobbin lace collar is made by looking at this post: http://eclectic-meanderings.blogspot.com/2011/10/gathering.html
I'm still learning but I'm getting better at this. Bobbin lace is a form of weaving bobbins in a specific pattern. the pattern (called a pricking) is really just a guide to make all the different stitches.

Yvonne said...

You are really adding to your already extensive library of techniques and will have so much to draw from for your design!

Ginny Huber said...

Quite impressive and inspiring, Deanna! I like what the teacher said about your leading yourself to the next stage with the way you experiment. Lovely.

Penny Berens said...

You're always off on new adventures Deanna! Love the holes and of course the stitches too. My grandmother made me many a doll's dress with that shadow stitching on them. Must go and see if I can find one of them.

MosaicMagpie said...

Love the stitching you are creating here! All so lovely, I too am doing the Chikan Embroidery on linen. I guess after Karen's class we have a stockpile!
Deb

Velma said...

you might be having too much fun...

blandina (aracne) said...

Your samples are very interesting, Karen's class is intriguing, I almost regret that I haven't signed up.
I did a little bit of chikan embroidery when I took an indian embroidery class, the effect of this white on white embroidery is beautiful.

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