Monday, 29 April 2013

The seamstress

It's been a while since Gracie told you about any of her visitors to her bazaar so here we are;this is 'the seamstress' She's no ordinary seamstress though- young maidens have been known to sell all they treasure just to have the seamstress make them a gown.You see the seamstress gives her young customer a silver thimble which they must place under their pillow as they sleep.The next day the seamstress will wear the same thimble as she sews the gown,all the whilst muttering strange words and working so quickly it would make one's head spin to watch.At twilight,the young maiden will find their new gown in a cedarwood box on their doorstep along with a delicate fine silver thimble necklace.
Gracie has met a few maiden's wearing the tell tale thimble necklaces and has to admit she has never met happier ladies.They love to tell of how the day they first slipped on their new gowns;their dreams have come true and joy has followed them since.
Gracie pondered whether the seamstress had stitched herself one of these bewitching gowns but maybe she had as she guessed stitching with hope and dreams everyday must be a joyful thing indeed.

Monday, 22 April 2013

Sleeping Beauties

I finished these 'Sleeping Beauty' embroideries a while ago now but thought I'd show you them in more detail and shed some light on my intentions when creating them.

If you've visited my little blog before you would be aware of my love of fairy tales so it would be fair to assume the pieces are simply my illustrations of Charles Perrault's famous Sleeping Beauty.However each piece contains it's own fairy tale narrative which are suggested by the details in the hair such as the running horse,the tower,the butterflies  ,etc.

I wanted the sleeping maidens to look as serene as possible,lost in their dream worlds. I've always been interested in the exploration of the meaning of dreams and find the concept of being able to 'unlock' layers of your subconscious when dreaming an enticing thought.If you look carefully in the first piece you will see a key nestled amongst the flowers on the bed and a heart shaped lock deep in the tree roots of her hair.I hope this prompts the viewer to ponder over why the key is in the 'real' world and the lock is in the dream world...and would the meaning change if they were swapped?

In the second piece the maiden is also lost in her own dream adventure but it is definitely a seafaring voyage.I have tried to create a flowing feeling throughout and was very pleased when my little son asked 'why is the lady asleep in the water?'Children are the best critics:)

This maiden has fallen asleep reading and the title of her book 'Tales of the Bazaar' are a cheeky reference to my own Gracie's night time bazaar.
Is the red headed beauty reading her own tale which she swapped for a Gracie Make or is she reading of another's adventures?you can decide.

I think it's quite obvious I enjoy stitching hair and these pieces were a joy to work on.I love using a combination of backstitch,split stitch,satin stitch and whip stitch and usually decide as I go along deciding what will look best.I hope you enjoy looking at these pieces and  I have postcards and prints of them available in my Etsy and Folksy shops.

I have been working on lots of new pieces lately so I will show you them next time.Hope you're all well? and thanks for popping by,

Cassandra xx