The Golden Circle

14 03 2011

update March 14, 2011:  The Golden Circle wins “Public´s Favorite” Award at the 25th Foundation Anniversary of the German Lace Guild!

Der Goldene Kreis gewinnt “Publikumsliebling” auf der 25. Jubiläumsjahr der Deutschen Spitzengilde e.V. !


updated March 10, 2011: The Golden Cirle is disqualified from the competition (I posted this blog which is considered as publicly exhibiting the work prior to the contest proper.)

Der Goldene Kreis ist vom Wettbewerb ausgeschlossen (ich habe in diesem Blog darüber berichtet,und galt als Veröffentlichung eines Werkes vor dem Wettbewerb .)

The Golden Circle (Der Goldene Kreis)

Started: February 2, 2011

Finished: March 2, 2011

Number of Hours: 128 hours (128 Stunde)

Techniques: Tambourwork, Cutwork, Bead embroidery

Materials: Black Silk fabric, metallic threads, seed beads, sequins

Size: 39cm x 36cm

The theme for this year´s German Lace Guild competition is “The Circle”. This 2011 the guild is celebrating its 25th year of existence.

I got inspired by how everything is connected and how we hurt ourselves if we hurt everything else in nature, including our fellow human beings. The intertwining of stylized acanthus plant in ornamental designs reminds me of this complex network.

Das Thema des diesjährigen Wettbewerbs der Deutschen Spitzengilde e.V. ist “Der Kreis”. Die Spitzengilde feiert ihr 25. Jubiläum dieses Jahr.

Meine Inspiration ist die Wahrheit dass wir alle miteinander verbunden sind. Dass wir uns selbst schaden, wenn wir andere Lebewesen verletzten, einschließlich unserer Mitmenschen. Die Verflechtung von stilisierten Akanthus-Werk in ornamentalen Mustern erinnert mich an dieses komplexe Netzwerk.

Playing with the sunshine…

Ein Spiel mit der Sonne …

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Rose 24 Austrian Copper Rose

29 09 2010

Rosa Eglanteria var. punicea

The 7th in the series “Hommage to Redouté”

Finished: September 28, 2010

Technique, Materials & Size: Tambourwork, cotton thread and ultramarine blue/burnt umber/white acrylic paint on linen canvas, 30cm x4 0cm





Rose 132 Italian Damask Rose

6 09 2010

Rosa Damascena Italica

This is the second in the series of Redouté Roses.

Technique, Materials & Size: Tambourwork, Thread and Burnt Umber acrylic paint on canvas, 30cm x 40cm

Finished: Sept. 6, 2010





Rose 36 Marbled Rose

1 09 2010

Rosa alba Regalis

This is the first of the series. Click on the photo to view the large format.

The artwork should be viewed with light coming from the sides, because the relief effect produced by the embroidery defines the darkest shade. If the light falls directly in front of the painting, the subject is not clear.

Started: August 12, 2010

Finished: August 29, 2010

# of hours:  17 hours

Materials: acrylic paint and metallic thread on cotton fabric

Dimensions: 30cm x 40cm

Techniques: tambourwork





Botanical Specimens: Corncockle and Dragonfly

11 07 2010

Started: July 1, 2010

Finished: July 11, 2010

No. of hours: 21 hours

Materials: cotton threads, silk threads, metallic threads, wool yarn, rayon threads, wire, organza, organdie, fake leather, muslin, beads, white satin cloth

Finally, I am trying the very intimidating technique of stumpwork. I am using Jane Nicolas´book Medieval Stumpwork Flora.

I learned a lot about materials and Jane Nicolas´style. I also gained confidence. I will try to make her other projects.





Semmenihana (Fan Flower) Japanese Style Wall Hanging

13 06 2010

“Fuji” (Wisteria – symbol of Spring in japan)

Started: May 19, 2007

Finished:May 28, 2007

No. of hours: 37 hours

Materials: Cotton floss on Rayon Satin

Semmenihana Fuji (Wisteria)

Semmenihana Fuji (Wisteria)

“Kaki” (Persimmon – symbol of Autumn or Fall in japan)

Started:  April 11, 2009

Finished: April 18, 2009

No. of hours: 25 hours

Materials: Cotton floss on Rayon Satin

Semmenihana Fuji (Persimmon)
Semmenihana Fuji (Persimmon)

I am making this set of 4 fans, depicting various flora in various seasons of the year. The embroidery book suggests a japanese way of presenting the fans, one piece at a time. The fans are mounted to the shape of a fan. I added gold ribbons on the edge to imitate gold leaf (I still don’t know how to put gold leaf on fabric, a japanese technique suggested in the book). Then I mounted a larger background for the fans. I sewed clasps and hooks on the back of the fans and on top of the dark background. Honestly, I do not know how the japanese framers make their wall hanging. But from what I did, I could not tell the difference. lol!

Semmenihana Fuji and Kaki (Persimmon) off the background

Semmenihana Fuji and Kaki (Persimmon) off the background





“Le Paix” Boutis quilt

29 05 2010

Started: April 28, 2010

Finished: May 29, 2010

Number of hours: 43 hours

Materials: Variegated Cotton embroidery Thread on hand dyed Silk, stuffed with red polyester yarn

Dimensions: 48cm x 34cm

Description: “Le Paix” is french for “the peace”.

This is the first time I am doing a boutis quilt. I refered to several youtube videos on making the mitered bias. And I look up the photos on the french book of Magic Patch about boutis technique. I bought the book from agomago store in Florence.

here is a WIP photo showing the sketch of the design. I drew directly on tissue paper and the design is destroyed as I runningstitched over it.

Boutis quilts are reversible. This is the back part:

WIP Photo as I start to stuff the channels with yarns:

WIP Photos May 05, 2010 After30 hours with all the main design stuffed.

Finally, after discovering a faster way to fill in the diamonds with yarns, here is the finished boutis. Both the back and front can be appreciated, except that my signature will not be readable at the back and the design will be reversed. Most boutis uses symmetrical designs which make it reversible.

Here is the back part, which is also the working part or where the needle went through. The back fabric is a bit worn out from the stitching. ^_^

And this is the front part. They have different colorways.

Handarbeit / Stickerei in Berlin, Deutschland.








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