This box is dominated by a new line of silk thread that I have been working with Access
|The larger silk thread in 714 (Light blue) is Soie Ovale as|
compared to the thin Trame below it, also in 714
Then there are the miniaturists! Those who are stitching really small versions or want to include silk gauze embellished pieces on their caskets. This thread is thin enough to work with multiple counts of gauze or work satin stitched pieces in miniature. So I am excited that we have been able to bring 18 colors of our 32+ color line to life - more than doubling the number of colors of Trame that Au Ver a Soie has made and for the first time providing a shade series in this line.
|Couching over striped gimp with Trame|
So thread painting is the first application of this thread that I want to talk about and provide a project for you with the Frostings Club to try.
|Royal Armory in Stockholm|
This casket top is likely a professional piece, the thin filament silk used for her face and flower garland is close to the Trame. Thread painted flowers, especially tulips and similar bulbs surrounded by heavy gold thread framing were especially indicative of Dutch or Flemish works. This Dutch glove in the collection of the Royal Armory in Stockholm as well as this purse at the Rijksmuseum are examples of such works.
I have worked a project inspired by the Rijksmuseum Iris for you using the Trame and gold thread in Box 2. Included is the Cordon (striped gimp) from Box 1. Just add a ground fabric and a couching thread (or use the Trame) for the gold thread and you have everything you need in Frostings. The piece is just 2" square and the tiny nature of it just makes it all the more precious (as well as doable!).
|New Frostings Club project - 17th Century Dutch Iris - The link to the project instruction|
Well, what happens when you get back from a major robotics competition and haven't seen real civilization for months? The robot boy had his iPhone fail while we were gone so we decided to reward him with a new one for the non-stop work. So a trip to the mall was had by me and the boy. You know you have been heads down far too long when you can't find any of the stores as they have all moved! "God - how long has it been", I thought? Of course, I could have just looked down at the slightly stained shirt from the '90s I was wearing to tell you the answer! So I decided to reward myself and at least walk around the mall once with him - really I was trying to acclimate myself with current trends again (I think my outfit read 'Nerd mom' to everyone who looked at us). So we got sucked into William Sonoma with their cute Easter display and then we saw it - The Spiralizer. It was like someone said - here is a kitchen robot, try it out! It was complete with nice recipe books that promised that I could turn zucchini into spaghetti and my kids would eat it! We were quickly seduced in a moment of great weakness. Clearly we don't get out much! So while I have a three general rules about the kitchen: (1) never buy gadgets to clutter my cabinets, (2) never, never ever buy something with a blade and (3) remember rule #2; I broke them all with the siren call of the Spiralizer. It didn't help that when I asked the nice lady about how it folded up, my robot boy figured everything out and all its cool gadgetry. He made those sounds that a teen would normally make seeing a hot rod go by or a cute girl. Clearly he doesn't get out enough too!
|The kitchen robot aka "the spiralizer'|
aka 'no more needlework this month'
So two days later and a ton of curly fries, 10-foot long cucumber spirals and the like; I decided to use more of that robot boy labor I have around here and asked three of them to process some potatoes since I was making them dinner (Again!). I can't tell you how thrilled they were with the results and how much they fought over who was twirling the veggies. But before they got going, the boy pointed out that the plastic wasn't clean in a spot and, still recovering from the sensation overload that is THEM, I reached down and violated the reason for rule #2. I tried to scratch the offending dried veggie off the plastic and ignored the fact that there was a blade.
Ok, an hour later we were still debating if I needed stitches after the pressure was just not stoping the bleeding. My right index finger! My most important stitching finger!! And on top of it, in front of all the kids and my judgmental teen. Of course he didn't realize rule #2 and why it had been a 20-year standing rule in our house. I am not allowed near kitchen blades. I am relegated to the dull knife. (Don't ask why I am not allowed to grate cheese). I will never, ever have a mandolin - seems useful but I will just change what I cook to avoid those.
|What I envisioned...|
needles can be done.
So the iris embroidery was done, but not the finishing. It would be lovely to put a tulip on the other side of the purse! I will have to leave it to the club members to imagine their own finishing from my drawing.