Friday, April 20, 2012

Jacobean Flowers

"Jacobean Flowers" - 7.5x8.75 - Mixed Media Collage
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Yes, I know. More whimsy. I'm not sure what's bringing this on, but I'm rolling with it. 

When I was a teenager, back in the 70's, I really got into doing needlework. I'd buy kits and make pictures, doorstops, etc. I was really drawn to patterns that were referred to as "Jacobean" as I loved the fantasy-like flowers depicted in them. I got pretty good at crewel work and became a master at French and bullion knots as well as the more pedestrian satin and chain stitches. 

Wanting to create designs of my own, my mother made a muslin smock-top for me that I stitched on as the mood struck. I also had a short, short pair of cut off denims that I also stitched on and practically wore as a uniform for more than one summer. 

Long story short, the flowers I've created in this piece remind me of those needle craft days. The background layer of paper is actually a piece of paper that I made one summer. You can almost always identify paper that I've made because it has glitter in it!


Cindy said...

The purple flowers remind me of some crewel flowers you did, but I'm remembering a gold/orange color - does that sound familiar? (Beautiful work, by the way.) ~ Sis

Kristeena Crabb said...

Yesterday, while cleaning out the boxes in the attic, I ran across that embroidered smock top and guess what? Gold/orange jacobean style flowers, just as you said! Good memory!