Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Sake Boxes – Reverse Stitch Transfer

There are two vessels on Sake Boxes with ladle. The round box with Cherry Blossoms is the actual sake box. There are a lot of different elements and techniques on this vessel. As long as you stick to the rule of stitching foreground elements first, you can chop and change between cords, tassels, cherry blossoms and curlicues.

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

Each time I stitched, I could do whatever I felt in the mood to do and things moved along at a reasonable pace. I really enjoyed stitching this vessel.

The stitch transfer was invaluable in providing a guide line for all of the different elements but now the superimposed work was complete, some of the stitch transfer was still visible.

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

From a ‘normal’ viewing distance, it was not as evident as it was up close but it still ‘blurred’ the edges of the cherry blossoms and curlicues.

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

Putting the stitch transfer in is time consuming and laborious; removing the stitch transfer when the superimposed work is complete is very time consuming and tedious. It has to be done slowly and carefully so as not to dislodge any stitching.

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

It helped greatly to have done the stitch transfer in a different colour from the couching threads used for the gold work. Something I wish I had known before I did the stitch transfer on the ladle.

© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

Happy stitching


Rachel said...

Oh my word, I so sympathize - I unpicked the stitch transfer on each Jacobean Coat motif as I went, and goodness, it was fiddly!

D1-D2 said...

I've had to do that before, but not on something as delicate as this. You have my sympathies

Tanya said...

when I saw the top if the post I thought you were making an actaul box, then I scrolled down. It is pretty though (and it would look good in 3d too)

Sandy the Magpie said...

Magnificent! I have a question, tho - sake is wine, right? So, how do you put it in boxes?

coral-seas said...

Hi Sandy, thank you for your kind words. In truth, I don't know but it is possible that it is a decorative box in which the bottle is stored. Alternatively, it may be that a laquered, wooden box, which I think this depicts, can hold liquids.