Well. My estimations for completing my work were, once again, overly optimistic. And so...
I am still here petaling along...
I finally have finished the 10 petals of silk tulle and silk organza.
That being said, before I cut them out, I experienced a moment of indecision.
Should I add some fine embroidery or beading to the petals? If I did, I would have to do that before cutting the petals out.
So, I quickly couched down a wire and roughly cut out a petal and placed it over one of the lace flowers to see how it might look with nothing. Then I added ivory beads...and took them away. And silver beads...and took them away...
I decided to keep the petals simple and allow the transparency of the tulle and organza to remain unimpeded by beading or embroidery.
I hope that was the right decision but there's no going back now.
For those that are interested in my supplies, I used a very fine size 100 silk YLI thread to couch down 33 gauge floral wire. I then overcast the wire with Guterman silk sewing thread. I auditioned many different threads but this one was the closest to the cordonet that surrounds the original lace Chantilly flowers that I had in my stash. Using a size 12 sharps needle and a very strong magnifier, I overcasted the wire with the silk thread.
Those petals are only about 10mm-15mm apiece so they're pretty tiny...which is why the only tulle and laces that would work are those made with very fine netting.
Today, I'm moving on to make the five petals on bobbinet. It's a busy weekend so I'm not sure how far I will get.
Speaking of tulle and bobbinet, I happened upon these two beautiful historic examples showing the versatility of embroidery with the two fabrics both from the Les Arts Decoratif in Paris.
The embroidery on this satin dress circa 1810 caught my eye...
You can see that the border is embroidered with shells...Scallop shells and nautilus shells being used as vases for floral bouquets.
If you look more closely...
You can see that the shells are embroidered with flat silk over a base of bobbinet. Isn't that lovely? I love this idea!
And this gown circa 1907-1910 from the Callot Souers is just a tour de force of embroidery techniques using tulle and bobbinet. Metal lace, metal embroidery, paillettes...all over bobbinet... And, the piece de resistance...that gorgeous, shocking-pink tulle drape...
I'll leave you with that vision of elegance for the weekend.
See you next week!