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31  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My mean teachers didn't like my rich opulent applique embroidery! on: June 12, 2009 08:01:34 PM

Ok so I had to do two textiles pieces for assessment, and I only had three days of class time for each one..so I did a lot of this in my own time. And embroidery takes a very long time as you well know, it took me about 40 minutes for just ONE of those little green feathers!
(I'd embroidered the face beforehand btw, that took two days solid of embroidery.)

I was inspired by kazakh and indian embroidery and wanted to create a very opulent effect with rich patterned fabric and a combination of stylised and more realistic eyes. I used chain stitch, buttonhole stitch, satin stitch, split stitch, a tiny bit of running stitch, feather stitch and scroll stitch.

My teachers, however, said that I needed to do more experimentation. "do you consider this finished?" one of them said cattily, adding that she didn't think I demonstrated the commitment needed to take textiles at university.
Naturally I was very upset seeing as I do all I can..I really don't want to sacrifice any more of my life for uni, I already do 35 hours a week in face to face time for one!
I'm thinking I want to change courses to printmedia and drawing, where the teachers aren't so ridiculously demanding.
Anyway, this is about the embroidery, rather than my depressing time at assessment.
More pictures can be seen at my site
http://www.louisagiffard.com/blogitem.pl?id=61
32  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: twirly skirt on: June 11, 2009 12:54:16 AM
It's a great colour but I'd call it blue. It's a shame I can't get punky colour here, I don't think Manic Panics' turquoise is as nice.
33  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: twirly skirt on: June 05, 2009 12:42:26 AM
I'm guessing her hair is dyed with Manic Panic's enchanted forest, which is a beautiful deep turquoise green, like this:
but when it fades, or in certain lights, it looks electric blue or cyan...

(for instance, with the first photo I had to get substantial colour correction because in the photograph my hair was prussian blue.)
Anyway..enough thread bombing..the skirt is magnificent! I love the colour, and I think you can wear it with your hair..just have a colour that compliments both your hair and the skirt for the top you wear it with. 
34  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Unemployed and making a lot of crap!! on: June 05, 2009 12:24:27 AM
That is the most..ASTOUNDING dress..I'd love to make an epic dress but I don't have the money for the massive yardage that would be required..you look simply splendid in it..all your stuff is amazing, you have an incredible eye for structure and design. Make sure you wear that dress somewhere!
35  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Pshhh..who wants to sew FLOWERS? I embroidered evil eyes! On plastic. on: May 20, 2009 06:01:00 AM
I put the first one in an altered book, and the second one I am thinking of incorporating into a textiles project to do with "The gaze"
36  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Pshhh..who wants to sew FLOWERS? I embroidered evil eyes! On plastic. on: May 20, 2009 05:24:40 AM
These are sewn on a dismembered plastic bag from a CD retailer, couched with post it notes. Actually surprisingly fun to embroider even if fabric would have been easier.


And cause you might be interested in looking at the backs


I did these eyes to practice my stitch techniques cause I find other embroidery motifs, like flowers, pretty boring. Eyes are nice and small and they can involve many colours.

In case you're wondering about what stitches I used, they are: buttonhole stitch, scroll stitch, open chain stitch, regular chain stitch, single and double feather stitch, split stitch and running stitch. I had a go at a few french and turk's head knots but I can't DO them! All I get is a big knot in my thread, not a nice neat knot actually ON the fabric. I learned French knots in Germany and could do them then, now all I get is the thread pulls through and I don't get a knot at all Sad I've been working from wikipedia diagrams which are a bit annoying..is there a guaranteed way to learn how to do a knotted stitch?

I hope you enjoy these eyes anyway.
37  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: 8:29 - embroidered still from Portishead's short film To Kill A Dead Man on: May 20, 2009 12:11:05 AM
Wow, thanks guys Cheesy
I've had a lot of practice drawing noses, hahah..I'm much more of a drawer/painter than I am a textile artist. I only really started doing the textile stuff in 2007, and the embroidery stuff in mid/late 2008. I mean..I'd done a kit - preprinted image on some aida -  before that but nothing freehanded. Once I learned split and chain stitch it was so much easier. Hopefully I'll get a chance to do more embroidery soon.
38  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: 8:29 - embroidered still from Portishead's short film To Kill A Dead Man on: May 19, 2009 03:40:02 PM
Hahah yeah..I took the hoop off and I have the piece of fabric pinned on my pinboard, looks a little bit strange with just a piece of fabric with a face. Sort of intriguing though. Eyes are my favourite thing to embroider (I do them for colour/stitch testing instead of flowers or other such things.)
39  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / 8:29 - embroidered still from Portishead's short film To Kill A Dead Man on: May 19, 2009 05:54:37 AM
Yet another Why Did I Do This? project. I'm sure most embroiderers would have those..because embroidery takes longer than almost ANY craft ever. I am still working on my skills/stitches, but this is one that I did over TWO DAYS when I was sick.
Lots of satin stitch.

it was originally going to be a whole face but I decided to call it a day. The purple is marker that vanishes in 48 hours when exposed to air..most of it went but that little bit was behind the hoop so it didn't go.

I hope you like it.

BTW as I said, from the title, it's an embroidery of 8:29 of To Kill A Dead Man, a short film made and scored  by the trip hop band Portishead. The woman's partial face I embroidered was Beth Gibbons, the singer of Portishead. You can see the film here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4C0KHsR8Wg even if you're not a portishead fan I'd recommend it cause it's a powerful and arresting piece of film noir.
40  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Oh what a feeling! The steampunk corduroy girl strikes again! Pic heavy on: May 09, 2009 06:51:19 PM
Yes my friend and I try and take interesting photos..
The prop's just a y shaped stick that I found..nothing more interesting than that! The only prop photoshoot I did was one a while ago with a crowbar (about the only thing that I could carry down the street without attracting undue suspicion!)
It's totally irrelevant but this is one of the crowbar ones

I wouldn't be able to go without my bright colours, so even if I'm going to dress in a steampunk or neo victorian fashion I have to include some colour Smiley
Glad you like it
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