Sunday, June 12, 2011

Unexpected Detours

Wasn't it Thomas Edison who said something like....

I haven't failed. I've just figured out 10,000 ways how not to make a light bulb?

Well. I think I've figured out 10,000 ways how not to make a lace stumpwork petal.


When last we met, I was running off to fuse the cotton bobbinet and the silk tulle to silk organza to begin the process of making 15 stumpwork petals...which, I did.

I tried lots of variations...some worked, some didn't...but when I happened to find a vintage piece of fine metal lace in my stash...I decided that would make the perfect petal. The right color, an old expensive feel to it...Well, long story short, it didn't. Too varied of holes...the metal didn't work with the wire, holes too big for the daintiness of the petal, etc...

I felt so terribly guilty about fusing a piece of this gorgeous old metal lace and then I couldn't use it...

That I decided I had to use it somewhere in the piece.


And that's when this little old-silver flower was born.

A shadow of a flower...

It isn't front and center...it isn't the star of the show...


But it sets the stage for understated elegance.

And Thomas Edison would be proud. I have come up with an approach that I think will work for my lace petals. Subject to revision, of course.


I'm off to swim across the Chesapeake Bay right after I hit "Publish Post". It's hot. And I feel a little nervous so I'm glad I was distracted by this post this morning.

See you tomorrow.

Should all go well...

14 comments:

Suztats said...

It looks so delicate and beautiful!

Catherine said...

So beautiful!! Love it!
Good luck on your swim!

Gina said...

So gorgeous! and I've enjoyed the commentary of getting from point A to point B. Will enjoy seeing your shawl completed too!

Ingrid Mida said...

I find it so interesting to hear about your "mistakes". It is part of the process of discovery I guess and I certainly make lots of mistakes when I make a piece of art. Sometimes those mistakes are the most interesting part!
Good luck with your swim.

Nancy said...

That flower is lovely! Hope your swim goes well!

Lisa said...

Wishing you all the best with your swim across the Chesapeake!

p.s. lovely flower!

MosaicMagpie said...

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming. Love the flower!
Deb

Rachel said...

Someone once said that "genius is eternal patience". I think that goes for trying several things on the way!

lifemyway said...

I love the silver lace. It is very dainty. I am very interested in seeing what you do with the lace stumpwork flowers. I have been wanting to try the same thing for awhile now.

Queen Bee's Musings said...

Looks so very delicate. And did turn out very well. Loved your sharing thoughts .

Carol said...

Thank you so much for your blog. You're inspiring me to try something different from my usual needlepoint. Since I just recently found you, I don't know what the Tiffany block is for. A crazy quilt? If so, what do the other blocks look like? I can't imagine. Thanks!

Lipa said...

Какая красота,цвет и исполнение просто супер!

The Blissful Banter of a Creative Crafter said...

It looks like this piece is going to be amazing! And people will study it for years to come.
Analisa in Dubai

Marty52 said...

It kinda reminds me of a Queen Anne's Lace flower... just lovely and ethereal. Of course you will do fine on your swim... you are you!

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