Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Some shape of beauty

For the past two months I have been embroidering this corset (see previous entry) ! After some considerable research I finally found what I needed which were some references in the history of the Celtic sidhe ( say 'shee') to the fact that the old ones ( or faeryfolk) woud take the form of birds , sometimes a flock of coloured birds. My previous piece was about life after death and so this one is to be about transformation and the world beyond. So , here is what I have at the moment........

a bit of a change for me with machine embroidered feathers. They are made from layers of coloured silks and organza which are then stitched and cut away .

Then , after positioning on the fabric I have satin stitched more feathers ( x72 , half an hour each )

and then added some antique sequins.

The final design is of outstretched wings with the big eye between and two more hidden in the feathers. The colours are pretty intense which has made me very nervous. It is a very anxious process to spend so much time on something and not be sure of the outcome......and to be showing it in about six weeks time!

I will be at the Knit and Stitch show again this year from 6th-9th October.


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