Strapwork Ribbons

This is the warp that I’m currently working on. I’ve spliced in a piece of polyester satin ribbon on the loom, so that I can take off these pieces for finishing.

This is Gutermann silk sewing thread. It’s a very tightly twisted 3/100. It’s great for rendering this kind of small detail work. The long piece of strapwork on the right is going to be a neck-band for a name badge; it’s 28″ long in that one pattern. The other two pieces (and the remainder of the warp, about another 2 yards) will be bookmarks.

Closeup of the strapworks. The one in the middle is Celtic-style interlace; the other two are based on Renaissance trim patterns. The Renaissance trims are easy to do, since they follow a simple geometric repeat; the Celtic ones, I have to follow the chart line by line.

Closeup of the brocade designs. The brocading on these pieces is silk embroidery floss; the peacock feather is Kreinik Soie Platte, and the dragon is Zwicky multi-strand floss pulled down to a single strand. For some reason, the digital camera HATES the orange – it makes it look blurry, no matter how finely focused it may actually be.

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  1. sskipstress
    sskipstress says:

    Only the 4″ x 4″ swatch at 25 sts/in.

    I’m waffling on posting pictures of the silk stocking. I find that every time I post a picture of something I would like to enter in a competition some day, somebody else duplicates my work and enters it before I finish my documentation.

  2. sskipstress
    sskipstress says:

    Only the 4″ x 4″ swatch at 25 sts/in.

    I’m waffling on posting pictures of the silk stocking. I find that every time I post a picture of something I would like to enter in a competition some day, somebody else duplicates my work and enters it before I finish my documentation.

  3. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Just amazing

    Very inspiring, I’m tempted to pull out my cards and get to work… but alas, the eternal question of when…?!!

    keep up the good work, it inspires us all.

    Ames

  4. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Michael, those are just lovely. I’m oddly pleased to hear you have to follow Celtic knot graphs line by line. I thought I was just a dolt for not being able to get the pattern into my head :).

    Sara

  5. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Michael, those are just lovely. I’m oddly pleased to hear you have to follow Celtic knot graphs line by line. I thought I was just a dolt for not being able to get the pattern into my head :).

    Sara

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