Originally uploaded by jowynnjohns
To create this goldwork study, I first researched patterns in weaving, baskets, pottery, and stitching, looking for ideas I might be able to translate into a design for stitching.
Cover of a book by Diane O’Leary
Patterns for couche rentre from Jane Lemon’s book, Metal Thread Embroidery
Some of my first attempts at creating patterns in pencil. I drew the horizontal lines, then scanned and reduced them for these thumbnails. I drew the patterns on the scanned guidelines in pencil.
The first design idea, again, drawn in pencil on the lined background I had created.
Here with colored pencils I was trying out some different patterns in different colors and techniques .
Trying out ideas for the final design, still in pencil.
Initially, I planned to stitch this goldwork on “dirty” linen and so I used that fabric as a practice cloth. You can see how crude my first attempts were! I experimented with various thread, techniques, and patterns. You can see some guidelines that I didn’t use, too.
The final design tried out in different colors in pencil on the background color I thought I wanted to use. Dissatisfied with the linen fabric, both in texture and color, I tried out these thumbnails using gold as the background. Then I colored an old dinner napkin with watercolors to get the gold background I wanted.
Here’s the final stitching plan, with the techniques and materials identified. I had been given a pile of antique silk threads, dating from 1900, some of which I used on this piece. It was done in 2002 as part of an EGA