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41  Autumn in Bavaria (another Kandinsky) in Needlework: Completed Projects by Jolyon on: September 14, 2009 02:02:24 PM
Here is my interpretation of Kandinsky's Autumn in Bavaria.  The real version can be seen here:http://web.sbu.edu/theology/bychkov/kandinsky_autumn_inbavaria08.jpg
Here is my version:

(this photograph is not wonderful where the colours are concerned so Ill try to get another with natural light after work tomorrow)
Its pretty much all done in split stitch, satin stitch and a tiny amount of long and short and chain stitch.  It took a couple of months to complete but only because I got bored of all the fiddily colour changing.  I ended up finishing it over the summer holiday, which was rather fitting as I was in Bavaria and visiting lots of art galleries with Kandinsky (and other artists from the Blaue Reiter group) on display.  Having toured the Bavarian art galleries I have decided I prefer Gabrielle Muenter's works so maybe she will be part of my next project (once work calms down).
I hope its of some interest to you all.
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42  Re: My first creation: Cleopatra Costume in Costumes: Completed Projects by Jolyon on: July 27, 2009 07:12:31 AM
This costume is really cool you must be very pleased with yourself.

Ive (hopefully) displayed one of the pictures for you.  Good luck with all your future projects, I shall look forward to seeing them.
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43  Münster Opera House in Needlework: Completed Projects by Jolyon on: July 21, 2009 05:16:27 AM
This piece is my embroidered interpretation of Münster Opera House; the source photo which I used can be found on this site 5 pictures down from the top of this article:
The inspiration for this piece came from my German history course on Music, Citizenship and Nation.  I happened to see a photograph of Münster Opera House and thought it would be interesting to embroider.   I feel the building expresses hopefulness for the future, with its clean, pure design, whilst acknowledging the past, shown by encorporating the older bomb damaged building into the modern design.  The design is also bold because it moves away from the traditional designs for Opera Houses in Germany.
As the photograph was black and white it provided me with the freedom to choose my own interpretation of the colours of the surrounding buildings.  I felt bright colours would compliment the predominantly white opera house.  I also did not refer to the photo after my initial sketch so that I could interpret the road and blank areas in my own way rather than trying to copy the photograph too closely.
Anyway I hope the piece is of interest to you.


I was having a little trouble with my camera and with the sunlight reflecting on the glass.  Also it clearly needs some pressing!
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44  Wilhelm Furtwängler portrait. in Needlework: Completed Projects by Jolyon on: June 04, 2009 02:58:55 AM
I designed this piece as a break from Revision for my history of German music (as well as some other aspects of German culture) exam.  The Portrait is of Wilhelm Furtwängler as an older man.  It is the first portrait I have attempted to do.  I purposefully depicted him in the colours of the German flag.
Some brief background:
Furtwängler was unhappy enough to remain in Germany during the Nazi occupation. 
Furtwängler tried to resist the regime and protect the tradition of German music. He wrote open letters of complaint to Goebbels over the treatment of Jewish performers. He never joined the Nazi party and always maintained that there was no such thing as degenerate music.
After the war, Furtwängler was branded as a Nazi. This accusation that was later revoked, but Furtwängler suffered greatly for it.
I, personally, believe that Furtwängler did all in his power (considering the pressures of such a regime) to avoid Nazi elements and whilst supporting German music. The Nazis under their regime returned the German flag to the imperial colours red, white and black because I see Furtwängler as not part of their regime I portrayed him in the colours of the Weimar and modern day German flag.
framed (it needs a good pressing!)

Closer up (strange marks are caused by the reflections on the glass)

I hope the piece is of interest.
I understand the Nazis and their actions are a serious subject and are surrounded by understandably strong views.  So I hope I have not offended anyone.

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45  When the fishermen strike...think of Sissinghurst! in Needlework: Completed Projects by Jolyon on: April 16, 2009 06:50:27 AM
I'm not sure how widely reported the French Fishermans' activities on the North coast of France are, but I was unfortunate enough to get caught up in it yesterday (for 9 hours!). I decided to embroider something small to pass the time.
So I chose the tower in Sissinghurst Castle Gardens.

For scale:

It is far from perfect.  The tower should have a lot more detail and shouldn't be that horrible colour (a lesson learned in blending threads!).  However, under the circumstances I am relatively happy with it.  I hope it is of some interest.

A little bit of information on Sissinghurst.
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46  Klimt Embroidery in Needlework: Completed Projects by Jolyon on: March 31, 2009 06:08:21 AM
I finally finished my Klimt embroidery piece.  I started it in January, but took a break in February to do my Kandinsky one.  It is more Klimt inspired that a direct copy.  I used http://www.edupics.com/en-coloring-pictures-pages-photo-gustav-klimt-i3186.html as a guide.  The colours aren't perfect, despite taking a picture in the sunlight the photo appears very dark.  Anyway, I hope you like it!

slightly closer to:
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47  Tweed Christmas dress, fascinator and a cape! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Jolyon on: March 12, 2009 09:02:50 AM
The contents of this post are somewhat random, but it marks the beginning of an effort on my part to post some of the clothes I have made over the last couple of years.  The first is a tweed (?!) strapless dress.  I made it about 3 years ago because I like tweed and because my mother couldn't fathom what I was going to make with it.  A dress was not what she expected.  It has now become a Christmas tradition, as Christmas seems about the only occasion where you can get away with wearing a tweed strapless dress.
In the first of the 3 shots is included because it is the best photo of the fascinator I made, unfortunately it is rather a large one of my face!

Then the cape.  I made this for a friend, he's pretty brave and wears it out quite a bit.  I like it, although its the last one Ill do sewing straight lines gets pretty boring!

Hope you like them!
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48  Kandinsky Embroidery in Needlework: Completed Projects by Jolyon on: February 28, 2009 03:00:57 AM
I embroidered this for my dad for his Birthday.  Took me a little over a month. I found the picture online and can't find the name of it but you can see the real version on this website.
It is more of an interpretation than a perfect copy because I didnt always have the reference picture with me.  Hope you like it, the colours aren't perfect but it was the best my camera could do.

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49  Re: "let the guys have the yarn" from 1983 german craft book (img heavy) in Vintage Craft Projects by Jolyon on: September 11, 2008 07:33:46 AM
Here you go,

I didnt join it perfectly but it works pretty well. I hope you dont mind me posting this MonaLisa_Lazy Smile, if you do please tell me and Ill take it down.
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50  Boombox bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Jolyon on: June 19, 2008 04:27:55 PM
I dont know whether anyone else has seen these bags which are faux leather and have a retro boombox printed on them... well there is a girl who regularly walks down a street near me with one and I always see her and think I would love one of those.  But I am alas a poor student and so people frown at me if I purchase things which are not strictly necessary.  However, me buying fabric seems to go relatively unnoticed.  So I decided, with a huge amount of inspiration from Munk_Munk's amazing fabric boombox bag, to make my own.  Munk_Munk's version can be seen in this link.
Here is my attempt at a fabric boombox bag.

full view - It needs tidying up -loose threads and all and I was rather tired so I haven't arranged it very well!!

Radio Frequency and close up of tape.

The radio frequency thingy with an extremely tired Jolyon in the background!

It absolutely exhausted me making it as my machine hated the fabric. Also if I ever decided to make it again I would probably make the tape a detachable purse and make the frequency thing a bit neater.
The back of the bag is rather plain so I havent shown it.  Also inside it has a zipper pocket and a pocket for a phone.
Thanks again to Munk_Munk for inspiring me.  I hope you don't mind me borrowing your idea.
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