Sometimes it's good to go back and retrace your steps. Even if all you want is to follow the same route.... I've still got a few corrections to make to the peacock, but I'm glad to be starting on side 2 of another one of my drawstring bags. This time, though, I'm doing it the Indian way: no hoop, just an additional layer of fabric. Hard to keep the tension right...
Tuesday, 19 January 2016
Monday, 14 December 2015
In spite of the loss of some beautiful oak and chestnut woods razed in this summer fires, until last week one could still see the gentle palette of autumnal colours in large areas of the Sierra spared from the devastation.
I find autumnal colours very inspiring. And I love to see this rugged landscape bathed in its golden-bronze light. So back in September when I decided I would try stitching another Ahir inspired peacock in order to improve - hopefully - on the design, the stitching and the colour combination, I tried to get inspiration from the range of colours one usually associates with this season.
Monday, 11 May 2015
|Dolores and Eugenia|
Everyone made a tremendous effort to learn. And was it good to see how they remained deeply concentrated throughout our time there:
|Gema and Marian learning to attach the mirror|
|Angela and Susana learning new stitches|
|Luisa and Irene concentrating|
|Rocio and Beatriz - barely visible to her right|
It was a lovely experience once again, and I really hope we can do the second part with more advanced stitches soon. It's a pity I'm so far from Madrid though - it would have been good if we had more time to carry on practising. But on the other hand, I must say, it's wonderful to be back to the peace and quiet of home.
|A view from my current favourite walk|
Posted by Liana D. at 21:03
Monday, 27 April 2015
Tuesday, 17 February 2015
Monday, 16 February 2015
It took me much longer than I had anticipated. I changed colours a few times along the way. I had more mirrors to attach.
And for some strange reason my stitching just wasn't turning out as neat and even as I would have liked. I was beginning to despair to be honest. Then I remembered the words of a wise friend who lived in India for some years and who would often advise me against being too perfectionist. She told me that Indian craftspeople often leave imperfections in their work - and this quite deliberately - to remind themselves that everything in this life is relative and imperfect, and that only Brahman (or God) is perfect. With those words in mind I resigned myself, accepted my imperfect stitching and decided not to struggle too hard. Hopefully next time my stitching will come out neater. In the meantime here it is, my Kutch inspired peacock.
I took this picture just after sunset so the colours are not quite right. Maybe I'll post another one in the next few days.
Also, I hope that in a few weeks, when I'm a little less busy, I'll be able to review the wonderful book that inspired this piece.
Sunday, 8 February 2015
Although I love to play with colour combinations I don't always find it easy to decide on the final colours I'll work with. This is what happened with the 'Kutch inspired' peacock I'm working on for the next workshop I'll teach, this time at La laborteca, in Madrid. I wanted it to bright, happy and colourful. But my first attempt wasn't exactly successful:
Doesn't look very serious, does it? The darker shades of orange and blue that I had chosen earlier (see here) turned out a bit brighter than I had wanted, so I decided to go for subtler colours and make the peacock's neck a little more discreet:
But in addition to my problem with colours, when I got to the drop shape at the centre, which represents a cowrie shell, I realized my drawing skills also leave quite a lot to be desired. After I added the outline in open chain, which is quite thick, the neck ended up too thin and the tail too narrow. And to make things worse I drew a cowrie shell that is far too big. Well, my sense of proportions seemed to have left me... What I find really hard is trying to picture in my mind how my drawings will translate into embroidery. On paper things may seem fine, but then, when I put things into fabric and thread, how come things change so much?
But yes, although the drop shape at the centre is far too big, I think that so far the stitching is coming out all right. And hopefully when the border is done and the highlighting stitches are added one won't notice it's thin neck so much.
I hope it will be finished by the end of the week. I'll try to post a picture of the finished piece as soon as it's done.