Sunday, February 14, 2010

I’m giving a talk tomorrow evening at Chelmsford Embroiderers Guild. Everyone that knows me really well is amazed that I actually agreed to it but I thought that to be able to stand up in front of an interested group and speak on a subject that I have a passion for is an opportunity that I couldn’t let pass me by. Wish me luck. :)

So for the past couple of weeks I have been rummaging around and gathering together several pieces to take with me – and I happened across this:
It’s made from the fabric I created on the embellishing machine for the article 'Pinked, Puffed and Paned - Elizabethan Dressels' which appeared in Workshop on the Web in June 2008 and has been sitting there ever since.
Apart from rusty surfaces and Tyvek the other thing that ‘floats my boat’ is corsets!
These are a few of the patterns...
....and a very small selection of the books....
...that I have collected over the years on this subject. And every time I see the latest one of Annas' fabulous creations my fingers itch to make one of my own – but of course, I just never seem to get around to it. So I thought that after all this time I would try and finish this one off - today. The lining is a deep red silk dupion.
Photographs taken at 4.30 this afternoon - I'll say no  more.  :)

Front panel is beaded - three beads at each intersection. Couldn't bead the whole thing as I didn't have enough in this particular colour!

I also finished off these two pieces this week. I have this urge to work bigger for some reason but the logistics of creating vessels of this size still needs working on - they are not as sturdy as I think they should be.
This ‘blade’ has turned out too stubby for my liking. I’m really after something tall, elegant and graceful – not short and fat *LOL* Mind you, it’s not that short, it is a metre high to the tip of the blades.


This one is also a metre high. The colouring didn’t quite work out how I wanted although that could be sorted quite easily and at least it has given me several other ideas to work on. The camera has made the top of the vessel look too dark. 


Carol has just uploaded ‘Lutradur and Lace’ on the Fibre in-Form website as a freebie workshop. This has been adapted from her article which appeared in the first edition of the online magazine Fibre and Stitch in August 2007 and was a huge success. Take a look here.

23 comments:

Gina said...

Love that corset! Good luck for tomorrow but not that you'll need it. They'll love you!

deanna7trees said...

Those patterns and books on corset making brought back memories of my aunt who passed away about 7 or 8 years ago at the age of 96. She made 'corsets to order' in her day and had all the fabric and bones used in her stash. Can't imagine wearing those on a daily basis.

Miriam Weaver said...

I'm hoping to be there tomorrow, really looking forward it. Of course we'll love you, how could we not!

vintagerockchick said...

I love corsets too - yours looks wonderful. Good luck at Chelmsford!

Julie said...

Big is beautiful and so is your work here. I love the corset, especially that luscious lining.

Every good wish for tomorrow but I'm sure you'll have a great time.

Carol said...

Fabulous corset, enjoy tomorrow, you will be a WOW :)

Heather said...

Lucky Chelmsford embroiderers - I'm sure they'll love your talk. The corset is gorgeous. Back in the 1930s one of my aunts made corsets but I bet they weren't as lovely as yours! As for the tall vessel - I have been oohing and aahing over it's beautiful colours and textures. Enjoy yourself tomorrow evening.

Sharne's Bit 'n' Bobs said...

I love the vessels and I am looking forward to seeing your work in the 'flesh' tomorrow night at our Guild. We are a very friendly lot!

Doreen G said...

Absolutely fabulous Lynda--you'll knock their socks off.

Susan D said...

Good luck tomorrow, you'll be fine and remember if you get nervous just think of them sitting there in their birthday suits ;)

Vicki W said...

I am always wowed by your projects!

kiwicarole said...

You'll be fine with the talk. It's always easy when you are talking about something you love! :)

solange said...

All is perfect, shape, colors... wonderful work!!!

Angelcat said...

Your corset is wonderful. Hope the talk goes well!

Sandy said...

Wish I could hear your talk. You'll do great; talking about what we love to do is easier than talking about other things. Also, having to do the talk makes us get down to business and finish things. Great pieces.

Lins Artyblobs said...

I love the textures on the vessels - gorgeous!

ANNA said...

Good luck with the talk - beautiful bodice. Thanks for the mention and I must say every time I look at your blog I want to make the things you do!!!!! I have book marked several pages and keep thinking next project will be inspired by your work but the list just goes on and on and I never seem to get round to it!! Your textures are just amazing!!

Clare Wassermann said...

wow amazing work!

neki desu said...

very cool corset. have fun with your presentation.

dianehobbit said...

Loved the talk last night, it was truley inspirational. I just hope I get a place on your workshop. Enjoyed reading my book last night and ready to make an order of paints on Jackson's website. Thank you.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I don't know which of these I like better! I really like the corset (and wish I had the body to wear one!) especially that it's lined in my favourite fabric. The vessels are spectacular!

I am inspired said...

I love the corset and the vessels
Absolutely fabulous.
Glad your talk went well, do you think you could give one at the Romford guild I would love to see them in the flesh.

lindacreates said...

The corset is gorgeous! I also love the vessels. The texture and colors are stunning. You make me want to get back to my creating.