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Devil in the Details

February 14th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Yup, it’s detail-oriented and takes a long time to do. I’m satisfied with the results tho. I hope to finish the lower part of this skirt and the other side. The blue underdress will be tackled another day. It is so time consuming that progress will be slow. I may post other topics in between but you do see that the results reflect the tediousness of the task.

— Rosey

Rococo Cinderella WIP #2

February 11th, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

I’m still working on the embroidery so progress is painstaking so far. I hope to finish the scalloped trim on both sides of the skirt tonight and start the embroidery for the blue underdress. Perhaps on the weekend I can work on the detailing on the baby pink trim and start on the elaborate pattern on the raspberry skirt. Progress is very slow but I’m satisfied with the results.

I am still waiting on supplies. My felt came in quite quick and I’m really happy with the service. I’ll definitely be ordering from the same supplier again. As for the hoops, thread, etc., it is still in the mail somewhere. Herrschners.ca quoted me 2-4 weeks. Urgh. We’ll see. I can’t get started on the gifts I’m working on until then. At least I have Cinderella to finish in the mean time.

— Rosey

Unearthing a Treasure

February 10th, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

I was searching for a missing pair of scissors yesterday when I came upon this which I lovingly store in safe keeping. This is a Francesco Rubinato gilded glass pen set I saw in a specialty pen and paper shoppe while I was working at the bank to pay off tuition. It was love at first sight. I splurged and I never regretted  it. I have used it twice using silver ink. There is just something magical about it. I hope to have it out for display whenever I get a studio. In the meantime, I open the box when the sun is out and just sit there and let it sparkle.

There will be a sewing update tomorrow. I spent last night embroidering the trim and it took all the free time I had. It didn’t look like much so I figure I’d wait until tomorrow when I’ll have substantial progress.

— Rosey

Rococo Cinderella WIP#1

February 9th, 2011 § 6 comments § permalink

Feels great to get back into sewing again. The canvas is stretched and I’ve started! I am rethinking now about the background and how I’ll go about doing it. The main focus should be Cinderella. Tonight, I want to finish the trim and underdress if I can, as well as the sleeves. The embroidery work is what is going to take the most time and that’s what I’m really looking forward to.

— Rosey

Rococo Cinderella Concept Sketch

February 8th, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

This is my next project! I’m really excited about putting in a ton of detailed embroidery. The canvas will be 11″ x10.” It’ll be pretty small but decked out in a ton of detail I hope. The background fabric has a print. I’ll post the progress tomorrow. The canvas isn’t fully stretched since I ran out of tacks. The husband needs to run to the hardware store and get me more. I hope to also beading to this as well.

— Rosey

Dreaming in Rococo

February 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

I adore roses and Victorian skeleton keys. The rose has a push pin back. I picked up the skeleton key at a local antique market. I’m itching to go back because it’s right beside a quilt fabric store.

I am preparing for the next project! The canvas is 11″ by 10.” I will be sketching one of my favourite fairytales- Cinderella. It will be done with a Rococo style. I’ve been doing a ton of research on dresses, etc. I can’t wait to get started tomorrow night. The frame will be put together sometime today and I’ll have to iron out the fabric. I’m really excited because this will be very intensely detail-oriented.

The next one will be another large piece and the subject will be the Story of the Chinese Zodiac. I have a bunch of tiny projects in between and I’ll also be showing those as well.

— Rosey

It’s a Small World

February 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

This pic is from last summer. Bunnies frequent our backyard because we live next to our neighbour’s incredible garden. Yes, you can say our yard is the rest stop before the incredible buffet next door!

On Saturday, I went to get pricing to get my piece framed. The framer I reallywanted, who had the most reasonable prices, was no longer there. He moved! We ended up going all over town to get pricing. One place quoted $75-$90. This is just for the frame. I didn’t want glass over my Alice in Wonderland piece. Robert and I balked at the price and continued looking. We ended up at a local photo studio. I went in hoping they did custom framing. He referred me to a place in Delhi who had really reasonable prices. He gave me the address and even called ahead to make sure they were open. I “convinced” the husband to go out of town. I told him the directions and mentioned it was right across the Hungarian Hall. We finally found the place and to Robert’s surprise, it was a very familiar building- his grandfather and grandmother’s old house!

Agnes, the owner of the business, was so sweet and quoted me the best price! I’ll definitely get all of my work framed by her. She’s a doll. A relationship between an artist and a custom framer is a very very precious thing. I’m so happy I found a favourite framer again! Anyway, Agnes offered Robert a tour around the house. All he kept saying was “Wow!” The house changed so much since he was last there. He grew up spending a week or so in the summer with his grandparents. Agnes and her husband did a fabulous job with the reno. The tour definitely made Robert’s day.

If you live in Norfolk County, I definitely recommend Agnes. Here’s her info:

Delhi Photo & Frame

74 King St.

Delhi, Ontario

(519) 582-4446

I get my work in two weeks! I can’t wait! And yes, it will be entered into the Norfolk County Fair later this year in October.

— Rosey

Personal Style

February 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

If there was a being in my house that embodied personal style, it would be the cat. She is a regal, feisty almost 3 year old Ragdoll.

Personal style is the distinctive mark of an artist. Finding said style can take a lifetime. Drawing-wise, I think I have my own style figured out. I’ll be posting illustrations in this blog in the future. Researching and doing these fairytales are giving me such wonderful ideas. I initially wanted to do just illustrations but the embroidery came out of nowhere and surprised me. Drawing fulfills a certain need in me but embroidery… it marries my love for drawing and handsewing. I think that’s partly why I’ve leaned so much towards it. I also find that with embroidery, it’s turning out exactly how I want it to look. With drawing, sometimes it doesn’t happen or work out the way I want. The only way to eliminate this from happening is to draw more. Yep. I digress, let’s go back to sewing.

I’ve done quite a bit of research last night into what I want to do and what I want to accomplish in my sewing. Do I want to do just hardcore embroidery? Should I try to achieve realism? What kind of look am I aiming for? Do I follow convention? There are many lessons I’ve learned from finishing Alice in Wonderland. The first being I like the whimsical look to it. I enjoyed not aiming for realism. If I wanted realism, I can accomplish that in my drawings/painting. The second lesson is I like what I did and I don’t really want to do just pure embroidery. Embroidery is linework or line art. I’m not really interested in that. I believe engaging in just embroidery would eventually bore me and force me to inject realism into this medium. The overwhelming compulsion to treat embroidery as line art/drawing would cripple me. The third lesson is to continue following my instincts about how I want to go about this. Using felt on the stretched fabric and using embroidery as detailing were natural processes with me. I went with my gut and did things the way I wanted. I didn’t follow a manual or any pattern. However, I did do a ton of research on basic techniques.

In the end, my personal style isn’t set yet for sewing but I know I’m on the right path. I like the whimsy in Alice and I want to continue capturing the same spirit in all my work. Screw realism and the need to achieve high art. Whimsy is what I’m aiming for when I put thread in the needle to sew.

— Rosey

A Shopping List

February 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

This is the sorry state of my embroidery little container thing. I really do need a better organization system, etc. for my threads.

With the Alice in Wonderland project completed, I am now buying more supplies and restocking. This was the first embroidery project I’ve ever done and I’m quite pleased with how it turned out. Because the project was a success and I really enjoyed it, I can justify getting more supplies. I know I had to deliver with results because the husband has seen way too many unfinished projects. Instead of spending money to get supplies for an unseen/uncompleted project, he has the results now and is more comfortable funding my new hobby. I hope to be proficient enough to fund my hobby myself eventually.

I’ve already figured out what my next project will be. You will see the sketch tomorrow.

As for the shopping list, I just got a whackload of embroidery and felt.

Embroidery:

  • DMC floss
  • plastic bobbins
  • storage for bobbins
  • bobbin winder
  • DMC silver and gold metallic floss
  • 8 embroidery hoops
  • 8 pairs of wooden stretcher frames

Felt:

  • Silver Grey
  • Royal Blue
  • Purple
  • Goldenrod
  • Yellow
  • Ruby
  • Peacock
  • Orchid
  • Orange
  • Neon Green
  • Hunter Green
  • Cadet Blue
  • Baby Blue
  • Apple Green

I have a ton of ideas I want to execute and I hope to be proficient enough to produce perhaps a new piece every other month. I want a good collection of art by the end of 2011.

— Rosey

Alice in Wonderland is Finished!

February 3rd, 2011 § 4 comments § permalink

It is done! I’m going to get it framed and I’ll be posting a pic of it hanging in my baby’s room. In the meantime, I’m taking a mini break. <i need more supplies and I need to choose my next project. 😀

— Rosey

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