Friday, March 14

Take it Further Challenge - March

I've just finished the Feb TIF but I've been thinking about the challenge for March and really itching to start on it but I had to finish the February challenge first.

Unlike February where I was struggling to decide on form etc the March challenge that Sharon has set us is "Do you ever notice the little things, the small moments, the details in life? This months challenge is to do just that, pay attention to the tiny details. Sometimes the small things become emblematic for something larger........."
Well, as a result of the Lambani embroidery workshop I am now the proud owner of a beautiful sampler. Practically all the women participating in the workshop have embroidered a motif on the sampler which makes it all the more precious. ( Little bits of embroidery make a beautiful sampler!!!)

On examining their work I discovered that they use simple stitches like the running stitch which they call chuki, becomes the base for a composite stitch, or the detached chain stitch which they call potae is combined with other stitches to create a wider border.

Samples of motifs which have been created on a base of rows of running stitch which are staggered. The variety of motifs which can be generated appears to be limitless and I'd like to explore that in the challenge this month.
Three examples of the use of potae or detached chain stitch, arround a mirror, three rows of detached chain further enhanced with blanket stitch.


So I'll be exploring composite stitches with the colour palette for March.

20 comments:

Allison Ann Aller said...

Oh this is indeed so very precisous.
What amazes me is how much kinship there is between this and the seam treatments used in crazy quilting...

EMBELLISHER said...

Come to think of it, you are right. The seam treatments in crazy quilting are multi layered with different things going into making a seam.thanks for that insight.

paulahewitt said...

this is a beautiful sampler - I'd love to see a close up of the circular motifs in the centre

dawnkristine said...

This is so pretty, how lucky you are to have embroidery friends...in "real life"

EMBELLISHER said...

Hello Paula,I don't know why the image of the sampler won't enlarge when you click on it.I love the sampler for its sponteniety and the fact that close to 20 women have contributed to it.

EMBELLISHER said...

Thank-you for your comment Dawnkristine,I get lucky to have embroidery friends in "real life" only when I do such workshops and projects most of the time I'm a solitary embroiderer with television for company.

Penny said...

I agree this is a very precious piece of work and a wonderful sampler.

EMBELLISHER said...

Hello Penny thanks for your comment and for coming and taking a look.

Claudia said...

hi, thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving a comment especially since you are more a "sewer" and not a card maker, am i right?
i loooove hand made things i do knit a lot but sweing was never my thing. as a kid i sewed my tumb into the machine and i could not get it out. nobody heard me scream so i had to unplug the machine lift it under my arms (thumb still in) and find someone to help me :-) hooooriiible!!!

the frog banner is from rachelle anne miller. there is a link on my blog she makes darling kids drawings. i asked her if i can use this pic on my blog and she said yes.. iam very fortune.

thanks

EMBELLISHER said...

Thank - you for coming to visit Claudia, wow that's a terrible experience with a sewing machine, would have put off anyone.

kate said...

This is such a beautiful piece of work. I like the idea that there the individuality of each stitcher shines through. You are fortunate to have this!

EMBELLISHER said...

Hello Kate, You put it so well, yes there's a little bit of each of the women in this sampler.

Jane said...

What a special sampler! Thanks for sharing the photos of it along with the story... I "Googled" the Lambani people after reading your posts and learned lots. True embroiderers.....

EMBELLISHER said...

Thanks for taking a look and I'm glad you like the sampler.

red2white said...

This is such a beautiful sampler!!!

juanita sim said...

This sampler is great, very playful. It is wonderful that so many women had a part in making it, and yet it hardly seems like a sampler, more like a little composition representing a fairground or festival.

EMBELLISHER said...

Hi Juanita, I like your interpretation of the visual effect of the sampler, it does have the feel of a festival or fairground.Thanks for visiting.

MaryjoO said...

somehow I've misssed looking at your blog through this TIF challenge. What a FUN sampler!! Looks like you enjoyed yourself!

EMBELLISHER said...

Yes I did Maryjoo.Thanks for coming by an dleaving a comment.

Robyn said...

It looks a modern painting. Very beautiful!

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