Background and Inspiration to My Small - by Rosemary Cousins
Manufacture of Small - by Rosemary Cousins
My first challenge was to find a suitable battery operated book light, which was resolved with an 'I lite' from here http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/142119394459 . The stem I covered with 12 strand hollow round braid from Jacqui Carey' book on braids and sealed with Fray Check around the top. Although if I had done this two weeks later, after I first saw an example, I would have used the 'Viking Wire Knitting' technique, as it looks just like plaited braid stitch in the round. The 3 petals and 3 sepals were made from lucet braid which was laid over a polystyrene shaped egg pinned into position and then sewn together. I started by laying the central rib of the petal, then delineating the outer edge (the shape of which owes more to modern tulips than their 17th C counterparts), covering about one third of the circumference, going under the point of the central rib. Filling the right hand side in a circular fashion and then the left. The first three petals were worked separately, but the second three were worked continuously. I am not too sure how to disguise the clip. Initially I had considered covering it with lacet tape, but now I am favouring working a circular stitch sampler of needlelace.