Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Glasgow Style Decorative Stitching and Stickley Pine Cones

The Stickley Pine Cone Curtain Panels are nearly complete; I just finished all the decorative stitching along the applied bands, and thought this might be a good time to show how the stitching is worked.

What makes the stitching "Glasgow Style"? Well, the early 20th century Glasgow School embroiderers often incorporated textile construction details into the design of the piece. In this case, I needed to permanently apply the embroidered bands onto the curtain panels- and suggested to my client we add decorative stitching along the edges of the bands. The stitching encloses the pinecones, and I think, really gives the bands a finished appearance. 

Here is the corner cluster with one side of the band complete.

It's not difficult to do, but in order to look good, careful prep work is required.

I basted along the edges to mark where the bands needed to be folded and pressed, then, measured and pinned the bands to the curtain panels. You can see the line of running pins on the top side of the above photo. Then, using a water soluble marker, I measured and placed a dot every 1/4". This ensures my running stitches are consistently spaced, and are the same length. 

You could certainly do the stitching prior to applying the band, but then- you would need to carefully hand stitch around your decorative stitches. Not as clean a look, and, more time involved. Overall, I think the band will be more secure, look tidier, and well, why sew the band on twice? 

I'm now sewing rings on the panels, and, if I can get the client to take some photos once they're installed, I'll post it here. 

Monday, July 9, 2012

Pine Cones, New and Old

I'm currently working on a pair of curtain panels for a substantial window in the Pacific Northwest. The client selected Chocolate brown linen, with applied reverse L-shaped bands that have embroidered Stickley pine cones on them. Lots of pine cones. 

This is the corner of of a band that is in progress. Two shades of naturally dyed brown silk, with a softly variegated green for the needles. 

Right now in my yard, there are other pinecones being created- but not by my hands. It's fascinating to watch them grow, change in color and texture, and size. 

These are on a little Fir called "Horstmann's Silberlocke"; the undersides of the needles turn a light silvery color as they twist and turn. As the pinecones mature, they are attacked in the fall by the birds. 

This tiny little specimen is growing on a weeping Hemlock, and looks delicate, but really isn't.

Here's one that hasn't changed color or texture yet, and is tightly packed and a lovely blue green. 

Inspiration is every where. I do love summer.