Okay how many of you when you read that thought of body piercing and thought no way, not Rose!?
Ha ha, you’re right I’m not doing body piercing no way, no how but I am piercing paper. And I really enjoy it even though I’m not really, really good at it yet like my instructor is. Yes I’m taking another online class (well it really isn’t a class, no particular assignments, we’re just flies on the wall watching how she works). The she? Well it’s Karen Ruane of Contemporary Embroidery. I’ve taken a couple of other classes from her and I love her work and her way of teaching.
She does a lot of embroidery and paper piercing among other things and gives us plenty of eye candy almost on a daily basis. If you visit her blog you’ll see what I mean.
So here’s my projects so far:
|Geometry Flash Card Triangle|
- I’ve been thinking about seeds and seed pods a lot lately. I’m not sure if it is the season or what but it did start when I was making the geometry flash card with triangles. It just seemed like the one with the seed stitch had all these little seeds trying to escape the triangle only to fall back down because of the enclosure.
|Seed Pod Rough Sketch|
So I went on a search for seeds being released from their pods and one thing led to another. I wound up with a sketch of sorts.
I started transferring it to my acrylic paper with needle piercing and went a little overboard. Not exactly thinking ahead here. I did manage to do some cutout sections for which I embroidered some white cloth with white thread. The embroidery has been attached and some French knots added to the paper. There’s more work to be done on this piece but I find that I need to let it rest and then when I start again I am happier with what has been done.
|Seed Pod Progress|
- Watching Karen work gave me another idea for
working with a fashion illustration I did when I was in college. I’m
trying to find the book source for the original dress but I know I took it
and scaled it down a few times and then traced the sketches as dresses
dancing down a line and then tried to color them and give them pattern and
One final project for now is a scribble of mine that I have pierced into paper and stitched with white thread. I’ve done the cutout and now need to decide on how to back them. I have two ideas. One came from just accidentally laying the cutout on top of my notebook which gave me an idea for some type of stained glass effect. The other again just happened when I laid the cutout over the top of my seed pod sketch. Now to decide.
|Overlay of notebook|
|Overlay of seed pod sketch|
I have a lot more work to do including a special order for a button bracelet and quilt squares that need to be done soon so I’d better get busy.
Be back later!
Happy stitching or piercing!