After having worked the FME sample in the last post I spent quite a lot of time trying to perfect a couple of needle lace stitches, Hollie stitch and Brussels stitch, so that I could incorporate them in the sample. They're not easy stitches to master but my skill level is improving and I'm pleased with the accent they've given so far.
The circular pattern is a spider's web, with added points taken from a Punto in Aria lace pattern which you can just see in the first image here
And here are these troublesome stitches in situ.
Spider's web stitch
Here is a link to a great video tutorial
There is a certain amount of comfort in knowing that I've been here before with these stitches and know that given time I can master them.
Another aspect of my continued journey, post course, is that I can head off potential designing problems before they happen, as I now have the experience of knowing how difficult it is to get out of trouble when you move a project on too quickly. It was my DH that reminded me that maybe I should start thinking about the end result for this piece now before I went any further, and resolve any construction difficulties before making the embellishment.
So the next step was to decide on the desired finished article. So I thought it would be a nice idea to make a small decorative light piece in a spherical form.
My inspiration came from a strange place, a tent in a tree, which I'd seen recently on George Clark's Amazing Spaces on Chanel 4. You can see information on the spherical tent here
The ribs for the tent are made from steam bent ash wood and I was intrigued to see if I could do something similar for my frame. So I set about doing some sketches of the tent frame to get some ideas moving.
I soon found that I needed something in 3D to sketch from so made a very crude model with 10 ribs as in the tent sphere with a token side on each rib to represent the thickness of the ribs.
As you can see from the notes in my sketchbook, I've been following Kevin McCloud's shed build too and I just love the curved shape of his cabin and his amazing use of hand made materials. You can see his blog here, it's well worth a look.
So that's all from the think tank so far.
I have to say that I was dreading finishing the course in some ways as I thought I'd have so much trouble getting into a new project on my own. But I'm really enjoying the challenge and can only say that the processes I learnt on it are definitely paying dividends. So, many thanks go to Sian for the strength and breadth of her teaching and commitment to her students.