Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Persian Fantasy: Jane D. Zimmerman, designer

Project: Persian Fantasy
(Skill level: Advance intermediate)

Designer: Jane D. Zimmerman

Type of needlework: Historical techniques of Eastern and Western silk
and metal thread embroidery through the ages,
in addition to Florentine work and some traditional canvas stitches

Photos: 29

Student's gallery here.

This was a Shining Needle Society cyberclass.

Shining Needle Society: http://www.shiningneedlesociety.com/

Comments: I was surprised at the number of photos taken when I was blogging this piece on my old blog "Love to Stitch", but decided to add them all on this new blog since some of you may have this project in your UFO pile and may like to see some close-up photos of the different steps.

Jane offered kit option with color choices. Mine is "Green and Cranberry" If you check on the student's gallery, you will some of the other color choices offered.

The five four photographs including the one above have been taken after completion of this project. All the photos afterwards have been taken when I was actually blogging the piece on my previous blog, something that I do not do anymore.

(A side view of the finished project)

(Close-up of the central area)

(A view of one side of the finished piece)

(A view of the bottom with parts of middle section and right side)

Now, all the photographs above have been taken from my previous blog and I believe that they are in chronological order.
(Photo showing area 1)

(Area 3)

(Area 2

(Areas 1, 2 and 3)

(Part of area 5 with area 3)

(Areas 1, 3 and 5)

(Areas 1, 3 and 5)

(All areas 1, 3 and 5 completed)

(Different view of the above)

(Area 4)

(Area 4 completed in all four corners)

(View of beginning of area 6)

(Area 6)

(Photo showing some area 6 completed and some not yet stitched)

(A little more done on area 6)

(Areas 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 completed)

(Areas 7 and 8)

(Areas 7 and 8 completed in all four corners)

(Areas 7, 8 and 9 completed in one corner)

(General view of what has been stitched so far)

I stopped blogging for a while and when I restarted, since I am not blogging any projects anymore but blogging only completed ones, I have taken the 5 final photographs after completion of this project and they are at the beginning of this blog entry.

For those of you who have looked up to here, a bit more information about this project. Jane says "This 11.5" by 11.5" geometric design of octagons and squares, inspired by a Chinese fabric, is executed on  #18 canvas in two color families of silk (or cotton) and metallics. The techniques include laidwork/treillis fillings, burden stitch, pattern couching, padding, canvas composite variations, and couching"

I will add a final photo here after the project comes back from the framer. I will let you know about the update then.

I am very happy that I took this cyberclass with Jane. It was a long stitch, but the end result makes it very worthwhile.

UPDATE: April 24, 2010

 I have received Persian Fantasy back from our framer and have taken lots of photos and I am not happy with any of them.

One of them shows the frame itself wonderfully but there are glares on the mat. Another photo shows the frame project well but the frame looks flat. I have tried dozens of times to get a photo like the one that shows the frame beautifully but have not been able to reproduce it one single time. How frustrating is that?

I took a close up of the frame itself for good measure, but I think the one with the glares on the mat that shows the frame perfectly is the one that will give you the best idea of how nice that frame makes Persian Fantasy look like.

(This is the photo that really shows best the frame and gives you an idea of how it looks in person but the flares are not a pretty sight)

(This photo is better because there is no glare on it, but the frame somehow looks flat)

(This is a close-up of the frame)