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Some Unusual Motifs

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9 March 2009

Some Unusual Motifs

There is one piece in ‘Twixt Art and Nature that I really love.
It’s stumpwork – Mirror with Jael and Barak, English, 1672.

mirror

To highlight the interesting pieces of stumpwork -

st_pansy
A pansy with raised top petals and a background ‘shadow’ on the ground

st_peacock
two layers for the tail(one made with a real peacock feather, the base looks like it’s been done in gold thread)

st_permagranite
Can you see how each pomengranate is ‘double edged’ along the edge of the fruit, with a second layer sitting on top and joining at the centre?

st_seedpod
This last has an entire 3D ball of a seedpod above it’s “shadow” on the ground.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

the stitch in that leaf isnt bokhara couching is it? or perhaps brick stitch (which is a type of satin stitch).
Paula xx

Tuesday, March 10, 2009  
Blogger Elmsley Rose said...

*wail*

maybe.

Need more opinions!

My stitch recognition sux, and I've never done bokhara couching

Tuesday, March 10, 2009  
Blogger Plays with Needles said...

I can't help you out with the stitch...but your work is looking gorgeous!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009  
Anonymous Ruth said...

I think you would find (if you could look at the back) that it is pessante or double darning stitch used as a filler. It is quicker and easier to use than satin stitch but looks more or less exactly the same. What you see is like rows of satin stitch, but where with encroaching satin stitch the neighboring stitches (lengthwise) do not enter the same holes) with pessante they do. That helps to identify it. But really it's hard to distinguish between them without pulling a stitch to see where the thread goes next!

Friday, March 20, 2009  

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