Sunday, 28 March 2010

Anatomy of a Tea Cosy commission, March, Stage 2

Last evening as I was stitching away on the other side of the cosy I had the uneasy feeling that something wasn't quite right...



And then this morning when I checked the instructions and ideas from the client I found I'd put the wrong purple silk on the cosy, and also on the cushions, so this morning I've been unpicking the cushions and re-stitching the correct purple silk, and with the cosy I've added the darker purple silk over the top of the paler purple to get it right.



I love that with textiles, its possible to layer and hide areas and thus create rich layers of built-up texture and weight...

So now I'm about to start freehand machine embroidering the Peony flower, to then be hand embroidered to 'colour' it in, and I'll add the three blue wren silhouettes which are to represent the client's three children, which I think is such a lovely metaphor!

The next images will be of this embroidery and I'll start the Mercedes car on the Union Jack side tomorrow morning....I still have to confirm with the client what sort of imagery will be above the car, as this piece is for the client's wedding anniversary and the Union Jack side reflects aspects of her English husband's personality and passions.

3 comments:

Sarah B said...

Gosh, I hate fixing any sewing mistakes, very frustrating! I love the colours you are using Tara!
xx

sammiam said...

enjoying the journey so far Tara! unpicking - erk! i am always so fearful of unpicking right through the fabric!!!
this cosy is going to be so delicious when it's finished.
xo

kris said...

So gorgeous! I agree about the layers and weight. I wish I had your patience and design skills! I love your style.

The comment about the birds representing children reminded me of Annameike Mein. I don't know if you know her... she used to embroider these amazing commissions as well... and she did one for a woman that had all her grandchildren in it. Here is the google image search of her work...

http://images.google.com.au/images?hl=en&client=safari&rls=en-us&resnum=0&q=annemieke+mein&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=MOKzS4fPA8uGkAW2lJ3_DA&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=4&ved=0CB8QsAQwAw