Thursday, February 2, 2012

the breaking of a wave — individual herringbone stitch

The breaking of a wave cannot explain the whole sea.
— Vladimir Nabokov

Lately I've been thinking about how to create an interesting design with "stand alone" herringbone stitches. I divided this temari as an S24, and chose two color palettes of three colors each. I did one round of 8 petals, then another round of 8 offset by one guideline, then a third round of 8 the last guidelines. Over this I did the same, with shorter petals. So essentially 6 layers of single-stitch flowers, with kiku herringbone at the poles. Spirograph!

Thread wrap in ecru; S24 division, guidelines removed after stitching; embroidery in 6 shades of blues and greens. The quote above by Nabokov is in the bell box along with 9 brass rings. Circumference: 9.875 inches / 25 cm; diameter: 3.14 inches / 7.95 cm. Completed 1 February 2012 (no. 095).

No. 96 followed right after, trying to address some of the issues I was unhappy with in this one.

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