Tuesday, July 5, 2016
A brief list reveals: A) A large needlework canvas showing sound waves in colored blocks, B) Amy Mitten Fibers To Dye For Excursion #3, C) a perforated paper needlebook of poppies. D) A basket of flowers on a beautiful purple background, E) These stumpwork birds.
Every once in a while, something actually gets finished. This happened last night. I will show you, and it will give me a chance to talk about how much inspiration turns out to really be problem solving.
I finished Amy Mitten, Fibers To Dye For, Excursions #2, I loved the black silk and the spot motifs, but I left out the alphabet, in the interest of time.
In the meantime, I decided that I wanted to try some ribbon embroidery. In my mind I started to see some gold satin, and black velvet, and some hand dyed silk ribbon, coming together as a pillow.
I went to Needle in a Haystack and got some Gloriana hand dyed Ribbons. I bought #133 Pecan and #001 Charcoal, and a bag of odds and ends.
Then I went to my local fabric store and bought some gold satin, and some black velvet. The velvet was expensive, so I only got a quarter yard, and that is where my design inspiration started. I now had to limit my design to the size of the width of the velvet I was using for backing. I knew I wanted strips of velvet on the front, because I wanted to try the ribbon embroidery on that.
Pro Tip: If you have never done ribbon embroidery before, you should try it, but not on velvet, it is very thick and hard to pull the ribbon through, requiring much cursing, and a thimble.
Here is the finished pillow. I love how it turned out.