Week 23 Buttonhole Wheels.
After a week of no TAST it seemed strange approaching this task again. But here we are.
For some reason I have always associated this stitch with embroidery of the 1930's. Maybe it is all those doilies and duchess sets that have flowers embroidered with this stitch. The flowers always made me feel that there should have been little faces looking out. So, when I saw that the stitch this week was buttonhole wheels I immediately thought of flowers.
I toyed with the idea of making Munchin type figures in a scene, great idea but I knew I would get really carried away with this, so no. But I still wanted faces.
I ended up with the faces out of a diagram of emotions in an old psychology text book. Because I had first associated this stitch with flowers they had to be growing on a plant. I drew the shape of the flowers first. To do this I used a 5 cent coin and then drew around a 20 cent coin placed over the outline at random. This meant that the outer wheel wasn't lined up with the inner wheel giving each flower it's own shape. I coloured the faces using a textile pencil and then drew in the features using a Uni pin black pen. The plant and leaves where then drawn in using Fabrico ink pens. I like these pens because they use a dye rather than an ink. This then becomes part of the fabric and doesn't sit on top like paint will.
As each face is showing a different emotion I choose the colours according to how I thought each colour matched that emotion. This was a purely personal choice and I'm sure other people might choose other colours.
So there it is, "Flowering Emotions"
or should it be "Emotions Flowering"?