Sunday, September 10, 2006

Meet Gracie...


Well, after only about two months of blogging, I took a hiatus of over two months. Not a very good track record on the blogging front... I had never intended to have such a long break but my life "o'ertook" me. Needless to say, the list of distractions are too numerous to mention...but I was o'ertaken.

I couldn't squeeze in any of Sharon's details either but I'm so inspired by Allison Aller's Crazy for Flowers Quilt that I'm going to re-join the detail train -- even though it's only for the last 20 days or so.

The one thing that I didn't drop the ball on was my Japanese Embroidery. Even when I'm not blogging, I'm always stitching something so I've posted a wip picture of "Eternal Grace" which is Phase VI. We've nicknamed her "Gracie".

The purpose of this piece is to get plenty of practice on "superimposed" work. That means, that we stitch all of the foundation -- in this case, it's either flat silk or twisted silk in a satin stitch in preparation for further stitching that will be "superimposed" upon or be stitched "on top of" the foundation stitching.


The vertical lines that you see overlaying the flat silk are called "temporary holding" and will be removed once the stitching that goes on top of the flat silk is complete. This prevents any moving of the flat silk as you stitch on top of it and also protects the flat silk from snagging and fraying.

14 comments:

Allison said...

SO, so glad you are back!
Gracie is unbelievable...I am just in awe of your stitching. You must feel very close to Japanese culture as you are working on this...what an insight into that elegant, disciplined, and refined mindset.
Thanks for your nice words about my C for F quilt, too...;-) And keep posting when you can!

Sew-in-Love said...

Gracie was well worth meeting, although she doesn't sound very Japanese!! How about Keiko???=)

You might like my work too.

Elisabeth, UK=)

hideko said...

Your stitching is so beautiful. I love this gracious Japanese lady too. I am looking foward to your completion.

Lelia said...

Gracie is beautiful. I imagine you have more completed. Blog when time allows. I always enjoy stopping in [tho I may not comment every time!]

Melissa said...

I can't wait to see the finished product. Your stitching is so pretty.

coral-seas said...

Hi Susan, pleased to meet you and your Gracie. I too am learning Japanese embroidery, I am currently on Phase III. I think we do some different phase design in the UK but Eternal Grace is one we have in common. I've recently struggled with a small area of short stitch holding on Vernerable Friends and I know that there is loads on Gracie. Look forward to seeing her finished.
Carol-Anne

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Lelia said...

Hi Susan: Just wondering how you were doing!!! I miss your Japanese Embroidery posts.

Enjoy the day : )

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