Japan, Nadine’s wonderful drawing challenge

August 29, 2014

Finally! It’s time for the drawing challenge.

Nadine took the lead for the first one after the August break and her inspiration is “Japan”.

Last month I bought a sort of “grab bag” of goodies from the London Embroiderer’s Guild.

I wasn’t sure what I would do with any of these little bits, but, being half magpie, fell in love with the sparkly richness of it all and had to have it. The bag includes a piece of a 1920 shawl, postcards, bits of lace, threads and some sort of patterns. (Not sure at all what one does to transfer these sorts of patterns onto cloth…maybe iron? If you know, please tell me. The hallmark on the side says they were produced by a company which closed in the 20’s.)

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I was looking at the pieces and decided that for this challenge I would try to draw with a needle and thread and everything I used (with the exception of a beading needle) had to come out of my little grab bag.
I’m not much of a seamstress or embroiderer, but I’ve been a huge fan of sashiko for a few years now and so tried to do a little of that myself.

There was a little piece of green-flip-red taffeta and I enveloped it around a not-so-attractive piece of black, sparkly felt and some layers of rough cotton.

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Then I took some of the orange silk thread and stitched the sun in the middle of the rectangle.

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I drew some lines with my chalk art pencil to guide my hand with some quilting.

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And I used a lovely silk chord to stitch the quilt lines. This is fascinating thread. It changes colours from a soft green to a soft purple. I love it.

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Then I drew myself some cherry blossoms with the chalk and stitched them with a fine gold thread (which is apparently supposed to be added to another kind of thread…oops…good thing I don’t know much about much.)

Lastly, some little gold beads made up the flower centres. I love it! Not sure what to do with it now, but maybe a central panel for an evening clutch? Any ideas?

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Anyway, I’ve missed the drawing challenge for the August break and am happy to be back with my lovely bunch. Come pop over to Nadine’s site and check out every one’s interpretation when you have a chance, and if you’d like to join, visit our Rose Ariane for the list of who is next. ๐Ÿ˜€

Time for one last walk. The Wychwood forest.
Friday night disaster...averted!

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22 Comments

  • Reply tinyWOOLF August 30, 2014 at 12:41 am

    yes, that would be ironing on the patterns onto fabric. if you’re lucky they should last a few transfers as well..

    and how brave you are though, setting yourself limits with materials at hand is a double challenge, if you ask me. but also very, very rewarding.

    i like your outcome. i looked up sashiko, and can only say love, love! anything reminding me of crewelwork or wrought iron (in the broad sense) does charm me. i think it will look terrific as a detail in something, but it could also work well as a small purse, could it not? or else framing it as is would be quite lovely too!

    thxs for playing, v. yes, we’re back. and here we go! n?

    • Reply Veronica August 30, 2014 at 6:05 am

      Thanks so much Nadine. I was trying to figure out what to do with the transfers. Good to know. ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you so much for hosting. Looks like we’re all into a trip to Japan. How much fun would that be?

  • Reply Joanne Sarah Andersen August 30, 2014 at 4:01 am

    Yes, they are iron on transfers, and if you are careful they should last a few times too.
    i think Nadine’s suggestion that you fame it would be beautiful.
    Your stitching is so perfect!
    How do you keep them evenly spaced?

    • Reply Veronica August 30, 2014 at 6:03 am

      Thank you so much Joanne. They really aren’t that even…lol, but it took a lot of concentration and patience to try to get them even.

  • Reply vastlycurious.com August 30, 2014 at 4:39 am

    Beautiful Veronica!

    • Reply Veronica August 30, 2014 at 5:37 am

      Thank you so much Kathryn. I think I like embroidery. ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Reply vastlycurious.com August 30, 2014 at 5:40 am

        I love it. I have two pieces I am working on! (on and off for over a year)

  • Reply joanne August 30, 2014 at 4:53 am

    So beautiful! I love the stitching and the colours, and your elegant cherry blossoms are stunning together with the radiant sun.

    Nice to meet you, through Nadine`s Japan challenge. Thank you for visiting and watching (my dance video:)

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    • Reply Veronica August 30, 2014 at 5:36 am

      Thank you so much Joanne. Your dance video was fun. Do you know about 5 rhythms dancing? You might enjoy those workshops. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply daryledelstein August 30, 2014 at 6:46 am

    i suspect those old patterns are done on some thin semi see through paper .. you put carbon paper under and then trace with one of those little gizmos with a serrated wheel on the end .. it puts the mark on the material and then you cut OR you pin the pattern to the material and cut along the outlines tho that would make the pattern only good for one use .. or maybe not ….

  • Reply catherine August 30, 2014 at 11:12 am

    i was also thinking your shasiko piece would be lovely under glass – either hanging on the wall – or maybe turned into a tiny tray, or a tiny side table for placing a single champagne glass ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  • Reply mano August 30, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    your fleamarket found is really a treasure! and your wonderful sakura stitching is a shining example for me!!!
    greetings from my holidays in denmark,
    mano

  • Reply leena August 30, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    I love your sensitive pictures! It is always fascinating to see an art process, thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚ Leena

  • Reply Tammie August 31, 2014 at 8:39 am

    this is gorgeous
    i love how you went about it
    the colors and lines are a joy to see

  • Reply Susanna August 31, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Amazing Veronica, waht you can do with a needle and a thread!
    The photo’s are really showing your proces of doing it! Thanks!
    Susanna

  • Reply tanรฏa August 31, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    What a beautiful piece you’ve made! I’m really impressed, especially because I’m a huge fan of embroidery, but never tried it by myself (in fear of a lack of patience)! When I looked at your sashiko inspired result, I thought of a small cushion at once. I’m curious what you will finally use it for!

  • Reply Tomoko Yoshinaga August 31, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Nice to meet you Veronica!
    How lovely to see your beautiful embroidery art. It looks like a painter’s canvas with your needle and thread. Those pale pink flowers with gold beads on the blue silk are sooo pretty!!.

    I am very impressed to know your family has strong Japanese cultures. Yes, next time is your turn to visit Japan! Please come in the best season. Autumn or spring is the best . I enjoyed guiding the Canadian young boy but it was too hot!!

    Have a good new week!

  • Reply Patrice A. September 1, 2014 at 12:43 am

    i just LOVE all off thi post
    the fabrics and all those other goodies
    the colours, the stiching, just ALL
    the 1920 with the beautiful dresses and rich embroidery
    and in your piece it all comes together
    love, love

    x

  • Reply Tomoko September 1, 2014 at 4:23 am

    Nice to meet you Veronica!
    How lovely to see your beautiful embroidery art. It looks like a painterโ€™s canvas with your needle and thread. Those pale pink flowers with gold beads on the blue silk are sooo pretty!!.

    I am very impressed to know your family has strong Japanese cultures. Yes, next time is your turn to visit Japan! Please come in the best season. Autumn or spring is the best . I enjoyed guiding the Canadian young boy but it was too hot!!

    Have a good new week!

  • Reply eric September 1, 2014 at 4:50 am

    I like your use of the materials, everything had to come out of the bag! With a beautul result.

  • Reply bkdonegan September 1, 2014 at 6:00 am

    very creative Veronica! use of materials and color choices- I am a sucker for embroidery and yours is really lovely!- I like the framing idea- or perhaps adding onto it with more material and stitching- the quilt idea…

    Oh and got to poke around tour blog some- those trees you visited and that Oxford countryside is amazing- what a beautiful spot! Magical ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply barbara bee September 1, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Hi Veronica, first of all I’m totally intruiged about this grab bag, can’t believe that they sell such a unique and fascinating collection of little treasures! But what you did with this little piece your embroidery is so wonderful, you made definitely a new little treasure out of that bag!
    Barbara bee

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