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Topic: Left Hand-Right Hand, The Pillowcases of Many Opposites  (Read 17939 times)
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« on: November 02, 2007 01:46:57 PM »

Okay, here is my entry. I didn't find out about the challenge until the middle of the month, and then it took me forever to  find a black pillowcase! So these are a lot less detailed than I would have liked.

The theme is left and right. But also can be interpreted as 'black and white', 'good and evil', and 'life and death'. They also have the symbols for day and night. ( and does it count to have one cheap pillowcase, and one expensive one?  Smiley )The decorations were inspired by sugar skulls.







Since I am right handed, I used the white pillowcase. Here is the beginning:




The whole hand traced and the details in progress;




The skull-flower in the center;



Completed;



Detail shot;





And then the Left hand;

( Just to be completely opposite, I used reversed chain stitch on this one. A little embroidery humor.)

Working on the skull-flower;





Whole hand;



Fingers;



Detail shot of flower;



Completed;



Their first side by side;



Their final resting spot;




Stitches used;

Satin
Split
Outline
Stem
French Knot
Forbidden Knot
Backstitch
Running Stitch
Whipped outline
Backstitched chain
Double Laced Backstitch
Straight stitch
Seed stitch
Padded satin
Bayeux stitch
Pistil stitch
Ribbed spider wheels
Fly stitch
Heavy chain stitch

































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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2007 02:04:57 PM »

Wowie!!  These are beautiful!

I'm so glad that you showed the closeup images.  At first glance, I didn't even see the black-on-black or white-on-white.  Such detail!!  How long would you guesstimate all of the embroidery took you?
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« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2007 02:30:02 PM »

These are beautiful. You did such professional work too. They are true treasures. Thanks for sharing them with us.
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« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2007 03:09:12 PM »

These are beautiful!! Such detail!...now I want to learn how to embroidor...hee...hee...
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« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2007 03:11:51 PM »

Whoa!  Such beautiful detail in both your embroidery and the theme. 
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« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2007 03:23:40 PM »

I like these!  Classy and unique!
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« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2007 03:35:47 PM »

i love the little skull-flowers! and i'm going to have to go look up the forbidden knot; it sounds so sexy!  Wink
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« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2007 04:23:46 PM »

Oooo! Neat!
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« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2007 06:02:48 PM »

Thanks everyone for the comments!

sweets4ever--I worked on these for about ten days, but not continuously. I would say probably twenty four hours or so of work if measured straight through. Most of my time was taken up by hunting for the supplies. I had a white case, but couldn't find a black case. Then Wal-mart got rid of it's embroidery floss...and I live in a rural area where there is no place to purchase. *sigh*


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 I'm not sure that ' Forbidden Knot' is the correct name for it. It's what my grandmother called it. Let me know if you can find it!
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« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2007 06:22:44 PM »

Cool! I <3 it. Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2007 06:40:01 PM »

I so wisted those. They are awesome!
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« Reply #11 on: November 02, 2007 06:56:10 PM »

amazing 
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« Reply #12 on: November 02, 2007 07:24:01 PM »

You know what's funny about this... and the left hand being the black/evil pillowcase? It's superstitious to think that someone who is left handed is usually evil. Mostly because the devil is supposed to sit on the left shoulder. Many people (like my grandmother) who are superstitious would force their children to be right handed (like my mother) by whatever means (like tying their hands behind their back).

Anyhow... I really really like this. It's almost like a palmist's pillowcase! Fantastic job.
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« Reply #13 on: November 02, 2007 07:39:00 PM »

wow! I love them both!
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« Reply #14 on: November 02, 2007 08:16:11 PM »

Wow.... I agree with other posters, you make me want to learn to embroider! Haha! Great/incredible job!
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« Reply #15 on: November 02, 2007 08:33:43 PM »

Those are stunning! I love all the little opposite details. The hands kind of remind me of henna/ Smiley Well done!
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« Reply #16 on: November 02, 2007 09:05:54 PM »

Your pillowcases are fabulous!
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« Reply #17 on: November 02, 2007 11:36:18 PM »

Beautiful stitching (and I love that you used a reverse chain stitch for the 'reverse' hand!  hee hee).  Love the idea, and great execution!
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« Reply #18 on: November 03, 2007 12:00:43 AM »

Your embroidery is exquisite and I think the opposites could be so many things, just as you stated...but, even without any "meaning" behind them, they are simply beautiful pieces of work...well done!

I absolutely love the black background with the white stitching...so glad you found the pillowcase!
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« Reply #19 on: November 03, 2007 01:26:13 AM »

That's so gorgeous and awesome!! I'm totally ganking your idea. GENIUS!!!
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« Reply #20 on: November 03, 2007 02:18:27 AM »

I love these hands- they look like henna designs! A great idea!
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« Reply #21 on: November 03, 2007 03:18:17 AM »

Lovely ! I really like your using of those symbols. And the embroidery work is perfect ! Good luck !
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« Reply #22 on: November 03, 2007 03:31:06 AM »

Your work is beautiful.  The concept is clever and as posted earlier, your skill is exquisite.  I am in love with your work.  :)You are awesome on many levels.
 
on a personal note-THANK YOU
You have inspired me to pick up my neglected hoops, needles and floss again.  I haven't touched them for over 10 years.  When you mentioned that your grandma called the knot a forbidden knot, I remembered that my own dear grandma taught me to embrioder as a young girl.  I have been tearing up thru this whole post.  Cry One of the wonderful things about crafts to me is the memories of creating for and with my loved ones who have gone, my grandmothers and mother.  My sister and I are the only women left on both sides of my immediate family and those memories are precious to me.  Thank you for bringing them back to me with this project.

Sorry to ramble-I had to say it all.
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« Reply #23 on: November 03, 2007 07:24:05 AM »

OMG!!! Great detail! Amazing work. You truly have a talent.
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« Reply #24 on: November 03, 2007 08:14:36 AM »

These are absolutely fantastic! They remind me of the signs that palm readers hang outside (only much beter!) or maybe some henna tattoos (once again, only better  Wink)....I think you did a great job.

This just shows I need to actually learn embroidery (didn't even know there were different types of stitches or anything  Undecided).

Fab job!!
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« Reply #25 on: November 03, 2007 11:04:39 AM »

 Shocked

WOW!

Just wow!
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« Reply #26 on: November 03, 2007 12:25:32 PM »

Thanks again guys for the kind words. Smiley

daiconharuko--I'm glad you recognized the left hand /right hand superstition! Not many people remember that one. I personally don't believe it, ( though I' can be pretty superstititious) but I thought it went well with the dark/light aspects of the design! Cheesy


blue_concubine--That  is so sad and beautiful! I'm sure your grandmother would be proud to see you taking up this old art again! I wish you lot's of luck and enjoyment, and may your work be passed along to the future and treasured!
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« Reply #27 on: November 03, 2007 06:34:38 PM »

That is some amazing stitch work. So detailed, and so many varied types of stitches. Lovely work!
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« Reply #28 on: November 03, 2007 09:36:00 PM »

Your work is beautiful!
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« Reply #29 on: November 04, 2007 02:21:33 PM »

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« Reply #30 on: November 06, 2007 09:45:00 AM »

Great that you packed so much symbolism into your design and using hands as the base makes it more... mysterious Smiley Good, clean, simple & effective design.
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« Reply #31 on: November 06, 2007 01:18:24 PM »

Thank you. I really wanted to play on how left and right hands have always been linked to good and evil, and therefore, life and death, and good and evil. I only wish I had had enough time to elaborate more.
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« Reply #32 on: November 06, 2007 08:00:38 PM »

I love everything about your pillowcases FLM.
They are a real inspiration - makes me want to take up embroidery so I can make myself something as eye-catchingly beautiful.

Thanks!
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« Reply #33 on: November 07, 2007 11:00:58 AM »

This is definitely quite amazing... I am also reminded of henna.
I like that you made them opposite in every way
I also like the contrast of the black and white.  very sharp
yay!
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« Reply #34 on: November 09, 2007 04:16:00 PM »

Those are so detailed and beautiful!
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« Reply #35 on: November 10, 2007 05:37:08 PM »

Those look amazing.  I have to agree if you hadn't shown the close up detail I didn't see the white on white or black on black either.  Great job.
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« Reply #36 on: November 12, 2007 08:28:43 PM »

I'm kind of embarrassed that I didn't think of henna while embroidering them.  Embarrassed   Shows how hard I  was concentrating!
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« Reply #37 on: November 18, 2007 11:05:27 AM »

These are beautiful!! Such detail!...now I want to learn how to embroidor...hee...hee...

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« Reply #38 on: November 23, 2007 09:05:40 PM »

These look great! 
As you mentioned, they could be interpreted in many ways, but they look awesome!  Great job!!
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