Sunday, June 08, 2008

A WIP previously known as a UFO takes shape









Hewoo there all

well here it is a day later and bears being a good little blogger and trying to keep up with wot I have been playing wiv. Well this WIP has been such since way back in 2005 ummmmmm that's a wee while ago is it not?? Anyway one of my favourite magazines "Embroidery And Cross Stitch" Vol 11 No 8 was released and inside was a lovely item named Victorian Beaded Box which had been submitted to the mag for publication by Julia C who for many years has been on several yahoo lists with me, and who in my humble opinion is one of Australia's nay one of our worlds best and foremost embroiders. Julia has been published many times in this magazine and I have often wondered why they or for that matter never asked Julia to venture into a Book on her beautiful embroidery style, if you have the idea I love Julias' embroidery style you would be quite right.
Anyway this beautiful Victorian Beaded Box of Julias' was actually embroidered in a delightful pale purple and those of you who know me well will think ah ha the bears done hers likewise - wrong! Yup totally wrong and why I have no idea but I began to make mine and I had several dyed motifs in this weird colour and thought ah ha I can get rid of them on this item. I must admit I worried but on exploring beads and flower beads, and charms etc I found enough to make the box up in these colours.

So I began - the actual embroidering was never the problem with this item nope finished that fairly quick so wot did take the time - well the outside edges of this box are all completed with blanket stitch, Julia had continued her purple colouring with a matching light purple thread but mine was a totally different colour LOL so to begin it I first used a similar colour thread did several panels and I let it sit for a while somewhere I could see the panels day after day but not all the time, during this time I realised I hater the edge colour it screamed at me sho8uldnt have but did! So I then took all of that stitching apart - and let it sit again for a bit- these bits could be related to months more then days while I went on to make fully other projects or other WIP as well. So one day I was looking for something to play with and my hands pulled out this project yet again mmmmmmm wot to do- so I dragged out the box with all my Rajmahal threads in it and saw the pale gold colour yup I thought many charms are in this colour maybe that will do, so away with the needle and gold thread -this time I did the entire set of panels and the bottom base and the top lid but something was telling me I don't really like this so back onto the table for the looking at period to see if I did or didn't continue mmm months passed again as other things were completed or begun and thrown in to the WIP boxes. Now about this time it was decided on one of my yahoo list that a Gathering of us Crazy quilters would be held at the list Mommas home up bush SA, and it was then I dragged this thing out from the delths to look at again and it was then I confessed to Julia how I had been over time being making her lovely pattern up and so had some others and we decided yup we will finish them and bring them to the gathering. unfortunately things happened and while I was stitching the panels together etc. and was about to stitch the base to the panels that I found Col and I couldn't make the gathering after all. Well this had 2 effects on me- I decided that I HATED that gold colour it just didnt look right sooooooooo I again sat down and pulled all of this stitching apart now remember I was at the stage of so close to completing this that I was very tempted to put it back in the box of WIP but I didn't - I again pulled out boxes of rayon threads and found a green DMC rayon thread and finally finally I had the colour why hadn't I tried that before I wondered well I began again finishing 3 panels and then something else happened and away it went AGAIN!- heavens I thought will I ever finish this or will it go into the " not going to be done box". Somehow it managed to come up for air again just in the past 2 weeks- I was looking for something to finish as I had completed Jacques CQ Block and was at loose ends didn't know wot to do start something so one night to my Dads horror I dragged 3 boxes out and began to go through them pulling out this and that unfinished project when again my hands hit this one so its come up for air yet again and I have now finished all panels and the lids been finished as well and I am about to complete the base in the blanket stitch - wonder of all I LIKE the colour still so I reckin I might just maybe I may finish it this time - BUT with my hands so bad and winter here I have had to use a pair of needle nose pliers to pull the needle through the 2 pieces of cardboard and pellon and fabric and I have tried to join 2 panels and I am looking for a curved needle I know I have I really do not want to put this way unfinished again cos I think that would be the very end I wouldn't bring it up for air again! I have managed to break 3 needles so far this time- I look at it this way they were crook needles and pull out another one to carry on I MUST Finish it I really must finish it! If I keep repeating the mantra I might - I just might finish it this time! Its a wonder the panels etc. are still in one piece with all of the stitching and pulling apart etc. isn't it??

Anyway I will now put the pics up and call it a night - I have a couple hundred emails waiting to be read, and its cold and miserable its even begun to rain how bout that?? Its raining in dear old cold and drought ridden Adelaide - yeah keep on coming down rain pretty please.

love n hugs all
Bear xoxoxoxoxoxox

11 comments:

Miss 376 said...

Absolutely stunning, well worth getting out to finish

MaryO said...

They're all so lovely, Bear. Your usual exquisite work!

Linda Fleming said...

Oh so lovely, Bear! But would we expect anything less? Nope- we all know you do exquisite gorgeous work. And now we are alll waiting for you to finish this project and treat us to photos of it. But I hear you whan it comes to WIPs- I have so many waiting for me. It's a bad habit of mine to start new projects before finishing the current one. I thibk it is a disease-LOL!

Kerry said...

All beautiful, the one with the big gold butterfly is my favorite but they are all stunning!!

JudiA said...

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh... now those are purely and simply beautiful. Bear dear, this PROVES that you are a true artist -- you won't let a piece be less than you know it can be. These have truly been worth the effort and I can't wait to see the finished piece. I thought I could embroider, but I will never begin to compare to what you can do. wow!

Judi W. said...

I agree with everyone else - your work is exquisite! I'll be waiting for the next post!

Shashi Nayagam said...

Bear it is so nice to see your work. I really don't have any adjectives for your work cause it is so beautiful. Everything so perfectly done.

BumbleVee said...

It will be interesting to see how it goes together to make a box... but each piece is absolutely beautiful in itself...

kerrykatiecakeskeb43 said...

So, Bear, how is it going? I wanna see a picture of it put together!
Hugs,
Kerry

Serena said...

Your needlework is exquisite! I'm glad you dropped by my blog so I could 'meet' you.

Barbara Gordon said...

Your pieces of embroidery are absolutely beautiful! I wonder what type of embroidery this is? I have seen different types now being developed. The tree, butterfly and the flower and rose are my favorites, which covers almost all of them doesn't it!