Monday, November 18, 2013

The Lion In Winter




Can you spot him?



There he is, lying on the banks of the river!

And measuring only 1cm in length... not a very fierce one, but he is very proud of his magnificent mane...



A quilting pin for scale


And quite a few other additions.  I have immortalised my cat Edgar under a Jonquil flower (of course!), but can you find the peregrine falcon?

I still have lots to do, but I love this technique above all other embroidery techniques, it is so fun and liberating to do, and so very addictive!

I have been putting my garden 'to bed' for the Winter, and my poor hands have suffered for it.  I can't stand wearing gloves, but planting a lot of bulbs doesn't really help my skin, and as you can imagine, tiny silk embroidery demands the softest, smoothest hands!  A good excuse to splash out on some expensive handcream, I think!

                                         
                                                 Jonquil






18 comments:

  1. Yep, spotted the falcon! Wow he is really really tiny but perfect next to his 'master'. I love the lion, well, love everything actually. This is such a beautiful project!

    I still have a few bulbs to plant. It has been so wet here I wanted to wait a bit, but I have to hurry now or I'll be too late.
    Now since your garden has gone to bed, you'll have more time for miniatures, hurray!

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    1. Thanks Josje, it has been really fun filling up the fabric with tiny things!

      I hear you about the bulbs - I still have to get the tulips in, and my earth is heavy clay... which isn't fun in mid November .... But hopefully it will all be worth it come the spring! And yes, the bonus is more mini-ing time!

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  2. This is very beautiful, I really like it!
    Hannah

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  3. Cette broderie est une pure merveille!!!
    Isabelle

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  4. Jonquil, it's exquisite! Please take care of your hands so you can continue your fine work.

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    1. Don't worry, I fully intend to open a new tube of Clarins hand cream ... oh the indulgence!

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  5. I love the title for this post Jonquil! Not only was that a Favorite Movie of mine with the best dialogue -Ever, but I found it to be more likely how life would actually be lived in a Castle back in the Day! Your Stumpwork Embroidery is such a Exuberant and Energetic type of stitching that is telling a story as good as a movie, with each pass of the needle! It is a lot of fun discovering all of the little figures slowly being revealed to us. I LOVE it!!! :D

    elizabeth

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    1. ha,ha - I wondered if someone would get the reference too! I love the film, Katherine is absolutely great in it, and the sort of old lady I think I'd like to become - feisty and witty!

      It is exuberant stitching - I feel quite carried away! I could be more authentic with the design, which I will work on in the future, but I think the sheer joy of embroidering all these tiny things is definitely in keeping with the original spirit of stumpwork!

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  6. I am fortunate enough to have very good eyesight, and spotted the peregrine falcon at once!

    Love the title...I have Plantagenet blood ;)

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  7. Hello Jonquil,
    I am just in amazement at your excellence! The embroidery is just absolutely fantastic and so beautiful. Every detail is perfection. I trully am in awe!
    Big hug,
    Giac

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  8. Hi Jonquil, It's beautiful! I'm glad it isn't just me with hands like barbed wire - for silk, that is. Inspired by your blog, I've started a project with Piper silk thread! I'm not brave enough for stumpwork (too much to live up to :)) just petit point.

    Is that really the needle you're using? It looks huge. Love the lion, the falcon and .. well everything really!

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  9. Beautiful detail, exquisite workmanship, a delight to see, and thats before it's even finished, very impressive!!

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  10. Your Embroidery is absolutely Gorgeous!!! I LOVE the lion and the little Tiny cat under the Jonquil is Perfect! I can't wait to see it all finished!

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  11. Wonderful, I absolutely love it, wish I could visit and see how you do it!

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