Fiber Art Boxes of 2010
The “Whimsy” Butterfly Garden is one of my favorites. The delicate red and purple butterfly-in-profile is shuttle-tatted using a fine cordonnet that is barely thicker than sewing thread and embellished with complimentary glass seed beads. I used 2 and 4mm silk ribbon in cream, yellow, orange and deep purple for the ribbon embroidered flowers. They have burgundy french knots for the centers. The vines are stitched in outline and stem in shades of leaf green and Chartreuse that matches the handmade cable surrounding the garden. The leaves are flystitch. The fabric for the garden is a fine linen in cream. The metal box measures approximately 3 1/2″ by 2 3/4″ and is fully lined with evergreen colored felt. This was sold at the Blue Heron Art Gallery in Volant PA.
The Flutter Butterfly Garden Box was made for the Blue Heron Art Gallery. Flutter earned its name for the three tiny Pixie butterflies that embellish the garden in 3-D. I “froze” them in flight with a special compound. The background is a Blackwork embroidery in saturated teal blue and soft yellow. Vining stems and leaves were made with cotton floss in teal and leaf green. I like to combine thread colors for more depth and congruency. The salmon colored flowers are free hand fly stitch in a rayon thread that has a beautiful shine. Accents with yellow french knots make the flowers complete. This was a labor of love. Truly. The stiffened butterflies are positioned to appear fluttering about the flowers. The entire box is lined with evergreen colored felt. This little delight measuring 3 1/2″ x 2 3/4″ sold at the Blue Heron Art Gallery in Volant.
The Corsage Garden Box is an original work of Tatting and Embroidery. I started by shuttle-tatting a large boysenberry colored blossom with very long and uniform picots (loops) and beads in the center ring. I embroidered the background of white Damask Evenweave cloth with a combination of pale pink cotton floss combined with metallic filament in a neutral color. The stitches are eyelets with a tiny pale pink rocaille bead in the center. The evergreen colored leaves are free hand satin stitched with cotton floss embellished with Rayon thread around the edges to give dimension and shine. The blossom is added to the center of the leaves with glass cathedral beads and a tiny Swarovski crystal butterfly on its petals. Edging in a handmade cable of pink and white and completely lining the inside in evergreen felt makes this 4″ x 3 1/4″ metal box a little keepsake. This original design was sold at the Blue Heron Art Gallery in Volant, PA.
The Dragonfly Disco is my favorite Garden Box…I think. Who am I kidding. I love them all! This one is especially fun. The Majestic Dragonfly is my own tatting pattern and is frequently found on my Etsy site as a pendant. This particular bug has a black twisted body and deep teal wings embellished with jewel-tone glass beads in royal blue. The body has tiny black rocailles going up the center and a large black crystal with a blue-green metallic coating for “pop”. The background is white damask evenweave cloth that has a gorgeous sheen. An embroidered Blackwork vine in evergreen with rich silk ribbon leaves are the basis for bunches of tiny tatted blossoms that make the garden. All leaves and flowers are embellished with tiny glass beads in complimentary colors and copper-lined green. To glam this design up even more I stitched more silver-lined clear rocailles randomly throughout the background. The result is a whimsical Dragonfly dancing about a glittery garden discotheque. The 3 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ metal box is edged with cream satin cording and fully lined with deep blue felt. It was sold at my show at the Keystone Summit December of 2010.
photo by fellow artist: Eric Mastrangelo, Automotive & Event Photographer http://www.emasterphoto.com