Apr 23, 2010

Petals in the Breeze

Quick update before I take off for my two big brother's weekend bike race (Cohutta 100) and the Blue Ridge Craft Festival.

As we say here in the south, "It came a Cloud" for Mr. Hugo this weekend.  Ume petals were stitched into the breeze.  A few just didn't cut it.  I was highly influenced by Shizuka Kusana's picture in "The Fine Art of Kimono Embroidery" (see below).  Pages 34-35 has this wonderful picture of literally a Petal storm.  It spoke to me so, although I didn't put in a gazillion petals, I did do more than I originally intended.  Please let me know if you think it's too much....  (nail biting moment).

The petals that I've added are done in Fuzzy Effect: Diagonally Held Valley Lines so that they will not be so prominent and let the bird and fan grab the eye.  I chose to do two of the lighter pink tones.  1 into 1 twist held down with a single #1 Dark Metallic Beige to give it a little subtle sparkle.

Kizuka Kusano "The Fine Art of Kimono Embroidery" -- this is a very inspiration book that I highly recommend for anyone who enjoys Japanese Embroidery.  It is not an instruction book but it is a wonderful eye candy for those who want inspiration.

Christa of Lilystitch 
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  1. Christa, I know it is not quite finished yet, but I can't wait any longer to say this. This is an absolute masterpiece. You should be so proud.

    I know the book and the picture very well. I don't think that you have over done the petals at. I think that it could stand more if you feel inclined. Doing them in fuzzy effect was a good idea, that and the sparkle give the impression of them fluttering in the breeze.

    Have a great weekend. Good luck to your brother.

  2. The number of petals look just fine to me. It is a lovely piece as Carol-Anne said.

    Jane, lurking in Chilly Hollow


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