I worked on it yesterday when my "CQ stitchers in training" were here, throughout the evening and started again about 5:30am to finish...
Just a few this things to note. The rose on the cover is silk fabric and about 3/4" thick and very dense. I intend to use it as a pin cushion for threaded needles. I followed the directions fairly closely in Susan's class but because of the lace, I didn't sew the outside and lining right-sides together and turn. I pressed the seam allowances back and hand stitched them together... This allowed me to use a very heavy interfacing rather than card stock and sew my pages in before I added the outside..
To attach the elastic cording I first do the ends with this super knot I first learned in a Robin Atkins class and Sharon B. also taught it in her class last Sept. I'm sure it has a name but if I knew it I forgot. It's perfect for finishing cording and gimp with no fraying and can be added to the outside of the piece.
post on how the Japanese pay respect to their important tools that I realized how cavalier I was about the lowly needle.. They were dispensable and I'd just open a pack and grab another. I then realized that a needle is the most important tool in my entire life. I have favorite garden tools I want buried with me... I have a huge chef's knife my dad gave to me 50 years ago that I treasure.. but as a tool I had given little thought to all the tiny needles I've used. So this little needle book is my way of rectifying this horrific oversight on my part. It is my way of honoring all the needles I've used and discarded over the last 66 years.
So last night I started laying out the laces... I fuss and stew about the foundation layer and then proceed to bury it with the other laces.... but I'm making progress. I love this little image because she looks about seven years old and I was that age when I embroidered my first set of dishtowels which had puppies and the days of the week on them.
I have the lining done and you can see I have changed my choice of lace and also changed the little pocket to silk from felt. And of course I couldn't resist adding some gold cording. It's ready now for a good pressing.
As it turned out I didn't have enough of the teeny-tiny tatting to go completely around the labels so they all got a little "crown". This is the smallest bit of lace I have. It is only about 1/32" wide and I have hoarded it forever for something special for me and this was it.
It's the little things that add a special touch and for me it was the fact these precious labels were woven ...not printed. In fact I went back this morning and ordered Susan's last set so I would have them for another book for a gift...
I chose to sort my pages by "use" rather than "alphabetical".. So they start with embroidery and then beading, milliners, sharps, crewel, tapestry, quilting, etc.
I have been been cleaning and getting ready for DH's big party today.. Years ago he took a fondue class at the community college and each year he throws a major "fondue event"... which requires more planning, work, mess, and supplies than a major theatrical production.. And that is just the fondue part. I do all the rest including the dinner later which will be rather simple... seafood risotto and a green salad with strawberries over ice cream for dessert.
7 different gold braids
2 kinds of gold cording
At least a dozen different kinds of gold glass and metal beads
5 different kinds of gold threads
various gold buttons
4 kinds of pearl beads
sequins and crystals
In the process I've fallen in love with the Kreinik metallic threads. I was nervous about using it to do bullion stitches for the feet but it was great. I tried felt padding and top stitching over laid cording....both new techniques for me.
The funky leaves are actually gold metal hearts I've saved forever to use as leaves... Also I replaced the patch that was fraying.
First there is the issue of the tree branch which I REALLY want as I don't want my peacock floating in the air and I want to use my beautiful gold metal leaves as well. If I do the branch in gold it will look like it is growing out of the peacock....horizontal feathers of a sort. I have a Kreinik thread called gold coin I could use as it has some black in it... The other option is to use the metallic copper Kreinik thread I used to top stitch the back... Wendy specifically ask for colors limited to the block colors but sometimes you have to go with your instincts...so copper metallic it will be. Since the antique gold beads have a copperish tinge to them, it should all work well...
The second is a little more serious. The seam of the white patch of satin has started to unravel... If this were an ordinary CQ block, a little trim or seam treatment would be just the thing.... In fact that happens often with fancy fabric.. But in this case I need to do something else. I will not disturb the patch that is unraveling but instead pick out and replace entirely the patch with the X on it with a slight larger patch...
I am using my rustic gold cording and it is working just as I had hoped.. It is a little bulky but I think it will be fine when finished... As usual I transferred my design to the BACK of the block and basted around it. I usually use a fairly neutral color but I wanted it to show up in photos so I used a dark wine thread for the basting.
Cathy L. had a pertinent comment on the last post:
This is a very handy tip to stick in youe bag of tricks... I chose to put him in a tree because the lovely peacock visitor I had was always in our apple tree if he wasn't preening in front of the slider....
And some great gold metal leaves...
blog yesterday on using cutouts you can see how I got from cutouts to an actual design... Since this is quite a complex design it will be perfect example to show you step-by-step how easy it is to transfer to my block with my cut-away transfer method.
Remember this will be ALL gold but as I often repeat designs I like in different ways, this will be one that has to be done in peacock colors some day...
I had already gathered lots of peacock images a couple years ago when I was working on my challenge block so it was easy to go to that file for inspiration.
I had some criteria in mind... First for materials I have a rather rustic gold cording that I hope to use for this block and so the design has to accommodate that. I want to focus more on the tail than the rest of the bird and it has to fit in a square....
So if you have a design you like but it is not the right shape, rather than spend a lot of time with pencil and eraser......cut it up and arrange it to please you.
Coming in from the evening shot I fell on my face literally!!! Came in with a bloody nose and split lip and slept with an ice pack... and was up at 5am to take some Tylenol... I have to be the clumsiest person in the world.. I am on the ground before I even realize I'm falling.
I'm using beads, braid, and cording so far... I plan to do a gold and black stumpwork bee where the little X is.
And speaking of himself.....
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