Thursday, March 08, 2012

Handwork

Here’s a picture of what I have been working on since I got home from the shows:
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You will need to enlarge the picture to see the detail; I have included an American and Euro 1-cent piece for scale. The fabric is about 19” / 48 cm square. The white vine is stitched resist, the pink bits are Kanzashi flowers. I love both of them, but separately. I’m not sure they work together. The fabric color is more celadon green than the grey that I see.
The stitched resist is totally inspired by Itchiku Kubota’s work. It reminds me why I love the results, AND reminds me why I don’t do this work on pieces for sale. I stopped counting my time at about 4 hours. However, I’m a slow, deliberate stitcher. The cloth is nice, but rather flat – I need to do more to it, or keep thinking about those flowers. Thanks for looking.

4 comments:

Thelma said...

Wow Lisa! That resist is awesome,,love the little flowers to, they sure are small.
Do you have a book by Itchiku Kubota? How did you learn this technique?

Lisa in Penna said...

Thanks, Thelma! The book I have is called 'Opulence.' It's mainly eye candy, but it's the Godiva Truffles of eye candy.
The stitching is just straight stitching drawn up. I sketched the meandering line first, then drew simple leaf shapes around it. I did use three threads at once so I could draw up the stitching as I went.

Kay said...

I really like it so far, but maybe the flowers could use a hint of a trunk? Awesome stitchery! Kay

Lisa in Penna said...

My thought was that these would end up together, but in person they really didn't work together. I still plan to use the stitched cloth for something. But it got used in an experiment . . . And the flowers will be used on something else.