Reminiscing 2010

10 03 2011

I almost forgot to make a review of my blog in the year 2010. So here it is.

I finished 8 needlework projects and painted 11 tambourwork roses.

I won a competition too.

And got featured in Country Bumpkin´s Inspiration magazine.

I learned to do boutis quilting, appliqué quilting, silk thread painting, stumpwork and tambourwork embroidery. I also started to learn how to make a ball-jointed doll.

I went to Florence, Italy and went needlework store-hopping.

I got to finish projects I started last 2009.

I joined HEN´s online exhibition but didn´t know what happened to the results, because the whole thing just disappeared from the cyberworld. lol.

I promised to keep on painting, but finished only 2 watercolor paintings in 2010.

I also started a lot of new projects, but never got to finish them before the end of the year. Some of these might never be finished before I die and some of these might be finished this year.

Cherish Bear

White Tara Thangka

More Trees in Spring

I hope 2011 will be a better year.

worksofhands Berlin.

Inspirations Issue 67 features worksofhands

29 07 2010

I would like to thank Inspirations Magazine for the article featuring my story and photos of  my works in it. Thank you for the copy of the issue too!

This is Inspirations´biggest issue ever (1st issue in 1993)!

A preview from the article:

Mutya ng Telili (Lady of Mt. Telili) (2007)

12 04 2010

This design won 2nd place at the Fiesta Nationwide Needlecraft Competition 2007 organized by Anchor (Coats) and the Needlecraft Association of the Philippines. The winning entries will be exhibited on May 16 for a whole week. I will upload photos of the other winning entries later after the exhibit.

Finished after 215 Hours. Size: 38cm x 47cm on 28ct natural linen. Fertility Belt is over one thread. I used Anchor threads specifically for the contest. I used chalk beads and metallic gold thread for the accessories.

As I was starting to embroider, I changed the design of the necklace and added bracelets. I also added anklets to both feet. I used cut sequins as glass mirrors on the headdress. On the lower right side is my signature. This was my first finished project in 2007.

I grew up watching dances of this ethnic tribe during festivals. Mount Telili is one of the higher grounds around Lake Sebu, the home of the T’bolis and the pineapple, represents Dole Philippines, which has started to operate about 15 years ago, causing the T’bolis to start leaving their ancestral homes. The T’bolis are the original inhabitants of the area. They are now being civilized (also evangelized into Christianity) and their culture is slowly disappearing.

Here is my work area now. I have actual costumes to inspire me.

These are just one of costumes which are in my collection. I have 3 of such beadwoven belts and a very heavy one made of brass. The malong (tubular cloth or sari) is just one of the many designs the tribe has. Part of the cross-stitched embroidered blouse is shown in the picture. Each blouse is unique.

Handarbeit / Stickerei in Berlin, Deutschland.

Embroidery techniques I want to learn:

6 02 2010

Click on the names to visit a website:

1. Stumpwork and Ribbonwork – I might buy books, DVDs and kits starting 2010.
2. Kalaga (Burmese or Thai wall hangings)
3. Peranakan beaded embroidery – I visited this little shop in Bugis. The lessons there cost about 200$ for 2 lessons.
4. Kutch Embroidery (india)
5. Torero Goldwork embroidery

copyright Luis Calleja


28 01 2010

Shanti is the ancient Sanskrit word for peace.

Hydrangea symbolizes friendship and understanding, the butterfly symbolizes new life or new beginning.

The small flowers are difficult to interpret in embroidery. I think I will do them in cut-out silk held by frenchknots or beads. The leaves will be a sampler of different stitches.

Half of the butterfly wings will be wired and detached. The grass will be the same as the Shalom iris-variety of yarns and ribbons. The helmet will not be padded, but might be of the same appliquéd material.

Shanti (watercolor)


27 01 2010

the Hebrew word for peace.

Shalom (watercolor on paper)

The iris symbolizes communication and the butterfly for new beginning.

I am thinking of stumpwork, detached petals with wired edges for some petals and for butterfly wings. The grasses will be different yarns and ribbons. The helmet in padded appliqué. The  leaves will be raised stitches and detached needlelace.

Teresa Wentzler Morphed designs

2 07 2009

I did these about 3 or 4 years ago. I am a big fan of Teresa Wentzler´s designs.

Die habe ich vor 3 oder 4 Jahre gemacht. Ich bin ein großer fan Teresa Wentzler.

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