Tuesday, April 10, 2012

a creative life

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.
— Joseph Chilton Pearce (1926– )

Starting back with no. 103, I wanted to try to achieve a design that I've seen in some photographs from Japan — kiku herringbone with very thin / long inner points. This is another attempt, and I used pins as guides for the threads through the first three rows of stitching to help achieve this effect. It's much closer to what I'm aiming for, but I think I need more points (perhaps an S16 or even S20) and to work on the proportion of my spacing lengths in the petals to get the exact effect. I'll get it one day, but in the meantime, I like how this one turned out, especially the negative space at the poles where the guidelines have been removed.

Thread wrap in medium silvery gray; S10 division with guidelines removed. Embroidery in matching medium gray and light mossy green (a bit yellow-green). The quote by Pearce is in the bell box along with 9 brass rings. Circumference: 10.25 inches / 26 cm; diameter: 3.26 inches / 8.27 cm. Completed 9 April 2012 (no. 110).

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