Here is a link of our family work for the Johnston Collection. It is still on display until Saturday in Melbourne. The Kimono House owner has displayed the items so attractively I think that it is worth posting here. The pictures can be enlarged by clicking on them. They look good against the white background.
Alas and alack! There will be no more stumpwork for a while as my eyes need a rest. I’m finding it frustrating to keep the work neat and repeated ‘frogging’ doesn’t appeal. I’m sorry to disappoint those who have been so kind in following – It’s still my aim to complete the work.
In the meantime I’d like to share a different sort of embroidery with you.
Last year 3 of my DDs and self were invited ( along with many other groups) to create items for the Johnston Collection.
The work must relate to something in the collection and last year our theme was based on a woodblock by Utagawa Hiroshigi . ‘Sudden shower over Shin Ohashi’. After the 4 month exhibition was over we were invited to show our work at Kimono House, in Melbourne, Australia, between 17th September and 15th October 2016. details in the link.
We had fun making our own Sashiko fabric for a Kimono and fish. One day was spent wrapping the cloth and the next unwrapping, being surprised at the great patterns and rinsing out the excess dye.
We also made temari balls, vellum lanterns and other items that decorated a room within the Johnston home.
The Kimono was the main work and it had a purpose-made macrame net joined to the hem and many fish were ‘netted’ there.
As the Johnston exhibition included something for Christmas, we made a tree of temari. There were almost 200 made and we were all happy to see the last of them. Various thicknesses of strands were wound over polystyrene shapes but at least as many temari were wound from scratch.
I’ll gather more photos to post.
The heads of the chives are made with Detached Chain and straight stitch. The stems are all Stem stitch in several green shades.
An easy one today…the day has become dull so I’ll take up the needle and thread tomorrow.
Also I haven’t done the top petals the way they were meant to be.
I personally find if I’m not happy with my work, it’s best to give it a rest as it won’t improve, so…..
this is done for now but when I complete all flowers/herbs in the book, I will begin again with this particular flower. There is an easier and more common lavender to yet make.
Another warts and all day and previous night. This is just to show I Have been working between visitors etc., So far the flowers I’ve done may have looked hard to do but were not- the Lavender looked easy and is NOT. I have to re-do the head as it’s too small to fit the oval that was drawn to scale. You probably can’t see the gap at the flower top but it is there.
The base, on spare cloth, had rows of Wheatear, then different colour straight stitches over the upper part of wheatear, Then 6 strands of DMC, 2 wrap French Knots in 2 diagonal lines. and a 2 strand, 1 wrap on both sides. Tomorrow I begin again. I still have a wired leaf and small leaves to complete this.
Here is where I’m at today. Petals – Long and short, Straight, Stem and Stab stitches were used. The bud had a central Detached Chain stitch with two Basque stitches beside this and a little green one at the top.
My 3 petals are wired and ready to work on.
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