Tuesday, 17 June 2008

May TIF - Lace 3

The third piece of 'lace' was very charming but I could not envisage a way to stitch it effectively. This prevented me from progressing until I accepted that my intention to interpret the lace in my own style rather than produce an exact copy. On the original, the lace covers two thirds of the pink fabric and this segment is very lightly embellished. I decided to use a technique that I learnt on my Phase II Japanese embroidery – Suehiro. The technique is called flax leaf effect (asanoha-gake). First a grid of lines is stitched at three different angles to form a design of equilateral triangles. I used a single strand of the same DMC floss that I used for the foundation.

The grid is used to form the six-pointed stars that represent the flax leaf. A stitch similar to fly stitch is made into each triangle, with six stitches radiating from the same point to form a hexagonal design. I stitched some of the design in white to represent the area covered by lace and the remaining third in the same colour as the foundation stitches. As before, these stitches are as much to stabilise the foundation as to add interest and texture to this segment.

This is how the block looks with all the 'lace' stitched.

I really like that each piece of 'lace' has a totally different texture and weight to it.

Happy Stitching


Love to Stitch 99 said...

That is really amazing what you have been able to create with this.

I think it is absolutely beautiful and I just love it.

I love your creativity :-)

Pierrette =^..^=

PAULE said...

Another great job. How lovely this piece is ! Thanks for sharing.

Deepa said...

This is absolutely beautiful,Carol !!! What are you going to do with this block?

Plays with Needles said...

That flax leaf effect looks great. I'm wondering...will you do "seam treatments"?

MargaretR said...

This is wonderful needlework!

Annette said...

Hello Carol, I've been having a good read of your blog, what wonderful work!
The lace pieces are beautiful.
Thank you for visiting my place! I do remember my trip to Oxford, we had a lovely day and the lunch was the best I've had!
As for blogging, I find it a bit scary at the moment as I don't really know what I'm doing. . . .
Love Annette

Marjorie said...

This is gorgeous! Very impressive. Marjorie

Patsy said...

This is amazing!! Your are making some beautiful heirloom pieces!!! What an inspiration you are!!!