Photos of early embroideries

14 06 2010

Beautiful Bird (added border and stumpwork butterfly) by Dimensions Gold Collection Petites (2007)

Started: April 18, 2007

Finished: April 25, 2007

No. of hours: 53 hours

Dimensions: 25 cm x 10.5 cm

Materials: cotton floss, metallic threads, watercolored paper, evenweave

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With This Ring Wedding Sampler (added more stitches) by Sweetheart Tree (2007)

Started: April 18, 2007

Finished: April 25, 2007

No. of hours: 38 hours

Dimensions: 34 x 10.5 cm

Materials: Cotton floss, beads, gold coated rings, evenweave

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Sunflower by Kaya-san (2007)

Started: March 30, 2007

Finished: March 31, 2007

No. of hours: 11 hours

Materials: DMC cotton floss, evenweave

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Wedding Sampler (altered words) by Teresa Wentzler (2006)

Started: August 11, 2006

Finished: September 22, 2006

No. of Hours: 98 hours

Dimensions: 10 x 11 inches

Materials: Cotton floss, Mill Hill beads, Kreinik metallics, Rayon floss, evenweave

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A Year of Love (altered words) by Marie Barber (2005)

Started: Sept. 2, 2005

Finished: Sept. 22, 2005

No. of Hours: 20 Days

Dimensions: 32.5 x 34 cm

Materials: DMC Floss, beads, metallics, evenweave

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Antique Wedding Sampler (altered Words) by Cross My Heart, Inc. (2005)

Started: January 10, 2005

Finished: February 19, 2005

No. of hours: 40 days

Dimensions: 200W x 280H (count)

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Camelot Sampler by Teresa Wentzler (2004)

Started: August 20, 2004

Finished: November 1, 2004

No. of hours: 169 hours

Dimensions: 22.5 x 16 inches

Materials: Cotton floss, beads, metallic threads, evenweave





“Pau” Appliqué

6 05 2010

Started: May 3, 2010

Finished: May 6, 2010

Number of hours: 21 hours

Materials: japanese cotton printed fabrics, cotton threads

Dimensions: 34cm x 48cm

Description: “Pau” is the Catalan word for peace. The iris stands for good communication and the helmet took over a new job as flower pot.

This is my first Appliqué project and I am learning a lot. It is hand-quilted and has hand embroidered details. I refer to the photos on the japanese books I bought from agomago in Florence. Though I do not understand japanese, the photos are easy to understand. You can read more about these books in my library and where to buy them.

Here´s the appliqué plan:

1. Choosing the fabrics

2.Ironing and Cutting the Fabrics (I used a light box, transfer papers, chalk pencils and (disappearing ink) textile pens on transfering the pattern to the fabrics.)

3. Making the bias tape

4.  Sewing the appliqués layer by layer.

Hand-sewing of all appliqué parts finished in one day:

All embroidery finished.

Quilting the pieces (frontpiece, batting and backing) comes next.

Finishing border with mitered corner.

My first appliqué quilt is finished:

Handarbeit / Stickerei in Berlin, Deutschland.





WIP More Trees in Spring

2 05 2010

Started: April 12, 2010

Finished:

Number of Hours:

Materials: DMC Cotton embroidery threads on natural linen

Dimensions: 32cm x 19 cm

Description: This is the 2nd installment to the series of “More Trees”. I brought the project to Florence, Italy and made progress there. I originally wanted to make a sampler of buttonhole stitches. But I changed my mind.

Photo of the sketch:

More Trees in Spring

WIP photo: May 5, 2010 After 27 hours





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.





Love Fruits (Stilllife: Mangoes on a Bamboo Tray)

8 03 2010

Started: January 31, 2010

Finished: March 8, 2010

Number of hours: 82 hours

Size: 29 x 43cm

Materials: DMC Stranded cotton and Rayon threads on pineapple-silk handwoven fabric

It shows 7 mangoes on a bilao, a round hand-woven bamboo tray. Each mango is done in different ajour stitches.  The background has ajour work too. And I am also trying some new stitches.

It is the national fruit of the Philippines, symbolizing love for family and love for nation, because it is shaped like a human heart. It is very sweet when it turns golden yellow. It is so high in sugar, that diabetics are not advised to eat even when mangoes are still green and sour. Each mango represents a family member or a friend or a passion for something, like passion for embroidery. ^_^

Feb.5, 2010: First photo update after 23 hours.

WIP Mangga Feb 5 2010 after 23 hours

After 46 hours, here is another update. The leaves are leaf stitches outlined with buttonhole stitches. All the mangoes are filled with 7 ajour stitches and outlined with 7 “line or chain” stitches. Next is the bamboo tray.

Update February 16, 2010: The bamboo tray is finished. Now comes the laces on the background. They are strips of embroidered lace across the background.

Love Fruits WIP Feb 16 2010 After 51 Hours

Finally the laces are finished and ready for exhibition on March 13 and 14, 2010.

Click on the photos for larger view of the embroidered laces!

Love Fruits (Mangga sa Bilao)

The fabric is transparent not only because of the fine silk and pineapple fibers, the fabric is also not tightly woven. So I decided to just write my signature, rather than embroider it.

Love Fruits (Mangga sa Bilao) signature

Larger view:

Handarbeit / Stickerei in Berlin, Deutschland.





More Trees in Winter

30 01 2010

Started: January 10, 2010

Finished: January 30, 2010

Number of Hours: 46 hours

Size: 30 x 15 cm

This embroidery represents my stand on the green politics against deforestation and illegal logging. Can you ever imagine a Winter Wonderland without trees?

When one sees this embroidery, one receives the message and will be part of a collective consciousness.
More Trees in Winter is a part of a series of trees, which I designed to be stitch samplers.
I learned 26 needlelace stitches in this sampler, from the Complete Encyclopedia of Needlework by Maria Therese Dillmont.

Cordonette threads are high quality unbleached cotton warping threads.

After all contour lines are couched with cordonette, areas are ready to be filled in with needlelace stitches.

Monday, January 25, 2010 Update: After 25 hours

WIP Jan 25 2010 After 25 hours

Almost finished, just one more tree and then off to buttonhole stitches.

WIP Jan 27 2010 After 32 hours

Finished on January 30, 2010.

Still has to be mounted…

More Trees in Winter

Close-up…

More Trees in Winter Up Close

Handarbeit / Stickerei in Berlin, Deutschland.





Svea

21 01 2010

Started: Dec. 13, 2009

Finished: January 20, 2010

Metallics, Silk threads and DMC Rayon threads on white linen.

23 x 23 cm.

Based on photos of Svea, the design features her blue eyes and bubbles which represents the temporal nature of life, like how fast youth and innocence disappear.

I chose bold colors on the hair and clothes, using stitches referred to as “Oriental stitches” in the book “The Complete Encyclopedia of Needlework” by Therèse de Dillmont. They are called laidwork stitches in Pauline Brown´s ” The Encyclopedia of Embroidery Techniques”. Laidwork is covering an area with straight stitches, like satin stitches, and couched to hold them in place. Couching can be as simple as a small stab stitch to a decorative stitches similar to filling stitches in crewel embroidery.

Svea´s face was stitched using thin silk thread filaments. It resembles my drawing style of creating shades by using straight lines, when drawing with pencil or pen & ink.

The outline cord is chain stitch using silk and whipped with metallics.

Click on the photo to see the original large format.

Svea Vanitas (Bubbles) Dec 15 2009 After 8 hours

I am now starting to fill in the hair and dress with “Oriental Stitches”, usually found in antique chinese and japanese silk embroideries. The outline cord is now being whipped with metallics. If you click for the larger format, you will notice that the bubbles are also whipped with metallics.

Svea Vanitas (Bubbles) Dec 18 2009 After 12 hours

Finally finished today, it will be shipped to her grandma for customized framing.

I added some more silk on the cross hatching. I struggled with the colors on the hair. Since I am colorblind, I usually trust my intuition when selecting colors. Obviously, I failed again. I could have used one color for the hair and it could have been safer that way. The blue dress end up fine. I thought if I do not start to explore colors, I will never learn to use colors at all.
The linen was not fine enough to stitch my signature on like I usually do, so I just wrote it with a pen. This was also the case in Heiwa handkerchief.
A much closer shot of the eyes:
I wanted to post Svea´s photo but I have no permission from the parents. so here is a photo of one of  my earlier commissioned baby portraits:
Update February 11, 2010:
Svea was featured in craftgossip.com´s needlework gossips.
Thanks to Meri and the team of craftgossip.com!
Handarbeit / Stickerei in Berlin, Deutschland.




“Heiwa” 平和 Handkerchief

10 01 2010

Sampler of buttonhole scalloped edges, pulled work lace, needle lace stitches and damask patterns on pineapple-silk fabric

Started: September 23, 2009

Finished: December 3, 2009

Number of Hours: 79 hours

Cotton/Polyester sewing thread from Ikea on Pineapple fiber-silk handwoven fabric from the Heritage Arts and Crafts, Philippines.

This is my entry to the joint project of the German Embroidery Guild and the Lace Guild, the competition “Fadenkreuz” in 2010.  The theme is to combine embroidery with handmade lace, either embroidered or pillow lace (bobbin lace).

Heiwa is the japanese word for peace. The worn-out, old WWII  japanese army helmet symbolizes peace, which we experience when there are no wars.  Japanese soldiers brutally killed many innocent Filipinos during the WW2.  The handkerchief  symbolizes the tears of pains and loss that were shed by loved ones.  In the Philippines, the legend of the  pineapple teaches children to refrain from pretending not to see truthfully. A bad girl named Pina met an accident, because she kept pretending not to see what her mother asks of her. On the earth where her body lie, a strange plant with many eyes grew. The people named the plant after Pina, and called it “Pinya”.  The pineapple´s eyes symbolizes seeing truth and knowledge. I planted a pineapple on the helmet, because it means we should see the truth behind wars, and know that peace is what the world needs.  Heiwa Hankerchief is a message of peace, and this I kept in mind while stitching this project.

I painstakingly embroidered various stitches using polyester thread on a very special and rare fabric made of silk warps and of pineapple fibers wefts from the leaves of Red Spanish variety pineapples, and handwoven in Aklan Island, Philippines.

here is the first draft with the details and instructions:

Heiwa

The finalized Design, corners reduced to one design and scallops are chosen. Ink on silk paper, stitched directly on the natural pineapple-silk fabric. It will be destroyed during the stitching. No duplicate. I forgot to reproduce the original. hmmm

Heiwa final design

The first WIP photo. I am quite satisfied. I am learning a lot regarding techniques. I have never done this so fine embroidery. My eyes are like bleeding!!!

a. stitch outlines as accurate as possible, fill padded areas with stitches, finish the detailed leafworks and eyelets

b. stitch the ajour or drawn work laces

c. cover all outlines with  either buttonhole or overcast stitches

Heiwa Sept 26, 2009 After 7hrs

Heiwa Sept 26, 2009 After 7hrs

(Update October 18, 2009)

I seem to unconsciously like ajour or pulled work and cutwork better than other techniques I have tried so far. I am thinking of filling the whole background with samples of pulled work stitches. But then wouldn´t it be too much? Here is another photo of my slow progress…

Heiwa Oct. 18, 2009 After 27 hours

Heiwa Oct. 18, 2009 After 27 hours

I decided to use Needle lace stitches to the leaves instead of repeating some damask pattern stitches. Here is my latest progress:

Heiwa Nov. 4, 2009 After 41hours

Nov. 18, 2009 Update: Starting the pineapple, the leaves almost finished, all silk paper are removed and the handkerchief is transferred on a new frame.

Finally, it is ready for the competition.

I wanted to come up with a traditional lace handkerchief from the time of the Spanish occupation in the Philippines, using the antique patterns of scalloped edges and sprays. I wanted the design to be ornamental, so that one can hang it on display, without losing its message. The design is also strange enough to start conversations. There is enough craftmanship in it to attract both experts and laymen in needlework . This work is very precious to me. It does not have to win a prize. I believe by finishing this, I already won. I am thankful to the competition for giving me the chance to explore my creativity.

Handarbeit / Stickerei in Berlin, Deutschland.








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