Embroidery, Printing, Uncategorized

A Mixed Bag – 6th December 2021

There has been too much weather around and it has influenced daily life and another week of rain is forecast.

Several years ago our son, as a student, went to India and he brought  back these bags for me, a lovely present. They are made from old silk saris with metal thread tambour work embroidery. I just adore the peacock, as shown above and which had been hidden in the folds of the gathered bag.

I had been thinking of undoing a couple of them and perhaps using them as book covers or something else. The snow gave me the opportunity to sit down and unpick them. It took ages, each of the four layers was machine stitched to another and the bags were constructed with French seams.

Now that they are undone, leaving me with some beautiful pieces of embroidered silk, I can ponder my next step, but at the moment I don’t know!

In my ‘Vulnerable to Alteration’ series I had considered C18th woven silk cloth, so I thought that I would turn my attention to the yards and yards of Dresden whitework, (so called as that is where high quality embroidery originated from), which adorned the dresses as cuffs and collar frills. This is fine whitework to cotton muslin which was worked both professionally and domestically throughout the C18. It comprised of satin stitch, pulled work and buttonhole stitches so creating flowing Rococo floral designs. The cotton muslin was imported from India.

I had a book design in mind from my experimental sessions a few weeks ago and I began to draw and plan a printing plate with lots of rubbing out.

The design is now complete and I will begin to construct the printing plate over the next few days.