Monday, May 7, 2012
Week 26 - progressing hand-stitch
The large Cow Parsley stem was easier than I was expecting. It is multiple rows of Split Stitch - once I had got the first line right, I could just keep adding rows to make it thicker.
The Plantain flowers are tiny flat sequins held by a French Knot. I found out in my research that the Tudors used to use rings of silver hammered flat to make Spangles for their Blackwork pieces.
After that I have to put the pink fluffy petals on the Knapweed heads, the parsley-like leaf on the Cow Parsley stem and possibly a few spots of colour on the Plantain leaves and then I will be finished bar the mounting.
I have also finished my written research that has to accompany this piece this week. I came across a textile artist called Debbie Smyth who also started her career with a fascination with pylons so I have written about her. She uses pins and black linen threads to create large pictures that look like line drawings. Her website is copyrighted so I haven't re-produced her pylon piece here but I urge you to click on this link.