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Re: Mabel's other stitching

by Podolyanka » Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:57 am

Beautiful works, as always, Mabel. I am absolutely sure that not everybody can do this. One has to be an artist or at least to have a talent of one. Being neither I always look at people able to create such beauty as at miracle makers. Happy crafting, Mabel! Always looking forward to your updates.
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Re: Mabel's other stitching

by Mabel Figworthy » Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:01 pm

Yes, it was at Hampton Court and the tutor did say I should consider doing the Certificate and Diploma, but it's really overkill for me - not to mention not having the time, or the several thousands of pounds it would cost :-) !
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Re: Mabel's other stitching

by Mabel Figworthy » Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:11 pm

Well, because I got distracted by some cats (thread-on-fabric ones, I mean) I didn't finish the leaf, but I did do something! - I chose the wavy thread for my inner leaf line and attached it :dance:
I'll be writing a FoF about the various threads I could have chosen but didn't, but here is the one I went for, milliary wire:

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Re: Mabel's other stitching

by Serinde » Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:40 am

Mabel Figworthy wrote: the tutor did say I should consider doing the Certificate and Diploma


Now, why doesn't that surprise me...! You are such a natural, and would (frankly) be something of a feather for their cap. You know that they do a future tutor's programme, too...
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Re: Mabel's other stitching

by Mabel Figworthy » Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:42 am

I'd be a very crooked feather :lol: - when I look at the work they produce and how even and regular it all is, I would weep if I seriously aspired to that level myself (Mary Corbet has the same effect on me). Yes, I know about the future tutors programme, which would give me gainful employment when our business is sold I suppose :-) (when DH retires I'll be in my early 50s and still need to earn some income!) but the outlay is quite high, and I really don't know whether I would be suited to it.

Certainly the Certificate and Diploma would mean spending a LOT of time on techniques I'm not all that interested in - I think I'd rather pick one technique, like goldwork, and take individual classes in that to build up my skills. It may not give me a bit of paper but would still look good on the CV :-)
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Re: Mabel's other stitching

by Mabel Figworthy » Sun Nov 05, 2017 5:55 pm

Finished the leaf :dance: :dance: :dance: !
I'll FoF about it some time later, but here it is, with the cutwork (the gold over the padding) finished and some spangles added. There are definitely a few issues with the cutwork, but for a first attempt I'm quite pleased with it :-)

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Re: Mabel's other stitching

by poppy » Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:20 pm

Wow, this is a special leaf indeed! I can't see anything wrong with it.
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Re: Mabel's other stitching

by Lulu22 » Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:22 pm

Beautiful finish Mabel :wub: :applesauce:
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Re: Mabel's other stitching

by Serinde » Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:04 pm

Really nice -- impressive for a first attempt. What will you do with it?
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Re: Mabel's other stitching

by Nicola Main » Mon Nov 06, 2017 1:10 pm

It looks brilliant Mabel :applesauce:
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Re: Mabel's other stitching

by Mabel Figworthy » Mon Nov 06, 2017 4:22 pm

Serinde wrote:What will you do with it?

Now really, you know that is The Question That Must Not Be Asked :-D

Actually DH said as I'd been doing a fair few goldwork projects over the past year, perhaps we could display them in a sort of cluster, a little goldwork display corner in the house :-). There's the watering can and the bee (the dragonfly is on a box so that won't work) and the Jacobean one with silk, and this leaf and the boot I'm still finishing, and he thought they'd make a nice group.
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Re: Mabel's other stitching

by rcperryls » Mon Nov 06, 2017 4:31 pm

Sounds like DH has made a really good suggestion. Make sure you take a photo of the "Gold Display" when you arrange it. Very pretty!

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Re: Mabel's other stitching

by Mabel Figworthy » Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:16 pm

Having finished the leaf I was in such a "golden mood" :-) that it inspired me to pick up the boot I started at the RSN day class last April. This is where I'd got to:

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The first thing to do was plunge all the ends of the Jap threads: pulling them through to the back of the fabric and securing them. It is my absolute least favourite part of goldwork :-( but it needs to be done, so I decided to be a good girl and do that before going on to something more interesting. I did curl one of the Jap threads around the front of the boot top before plunging it because I found the edge a bit ragged; it has changed the shape a bit from the original design, but oh well.

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All the ends secured, I then added a double line of Rococco thread (the wavy stuff) and plunged the ends of that as well.

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Next step pearl purl (which doesn't need plunging, yay!) and chipwork (small "beads" of gold wire) in the toe of the boot (no plunging either, yay again!)
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Re: Mabel's other stitching

by kingfisher68(2) » Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:38 pm

Absolutely stunning work on the boot Mabel, a really beautiful piece already & it's not finished. It really is fabulous.. The leaf is pretty but the boot is something else. Can't wait to see it finished. :whoop: :applesauce: :applesauce:
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Re: Mabel's other stitching

by Squirrel » Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:05 pm

That fair takes my breath away Mabel It is totally amazing and so gorgeous. What will you come up with next?
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Re: Mabel's other stitching

by Mabel Figworthy » Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:49 am

Sally, I didn't come up with this one I'm afraid - all my goldwork so far has been of other people's designs (although I admit I have some ideas of my own...). This one was a RSN day class in April which I could only do about half of because I'd had noro virus just before and was feeling like a dish rag.

I'm really enjoying the boot though! Izzi, yes this is a more attractive design than the leaf, isn't it :-) - the leaf was designed by the tutor purely to be able to teach me certain techniques I'd asked for, so it's a bit more utilitarian.
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Re: Mabel's other stitching

by wendywombat » Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:52 pm

I think that's wonderful!! :applesauce:
So you changed the shape a bit....isn't that what makes all of the designs 'your own' ? :D
It certainly doesn't look out of place! 8)
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Re: Mabel's other stitching

by tiffstitch » Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:30 pm

How beautiful! And good for you to do the annoying bits first. :)
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Re: Mabel's other stitching

by Lulu22 » Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:44 am

You are so clever Mabel, I'm looking forward to the next update of your stunning golden boot :applesauce:
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Re: Mabel's other stitching

by Mabel Figworthy » Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:18 pm

Lots of lovely stitching time yesterday, and the boot is finished :applesauce: :applesauce: . I'll post one picture which shows the detail better, and one taken in bright sunlight which shows the sparkle better.

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