Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Back to Level IIII 
I decided to make some more leaves and cabochon roses because I was not really happy with them.  I traced the design of the roses and leaves onto the organza.  Then I "wonder undered" the top of the roses with metal organza and the leaves with a cut our of metal

above is the top of  the design

below is the bottom of the design

next the tubes are added

the smaller of the roses has just the tubes surrounding it and the larger has tubes and sequins.

the leaves are tacked down and the centers are worked first then the outside using a variety of sequins, tubes or  metal
the petals of the flowers are cut out of the metal organza basted together and gathered.
Here is the larger rose the outside is done in tubes and sequins and the first petal is sewn in along the pink section lines.
here are the roses finished.
here the leaves are completed and one of the roses.

Here is the finished product. 
  The title of Level IIII is Les Ambitieuses or Rose sculptures.  

Friday, July 20, 2012

Lesage Level IIII

I have completed the Level IIII design and here are a couple pictures.   This one on white background.   

and the same design on a black background.

I am not really happy with some of the roses and the leave.   I have extra fabric etc so I am going to make more.
The metal organza has "wonder under" or some similar produce ironed onto it.   I copied the design onto the back of the white organza and then ironed the metal over it.
RIGHT SIDE (with metal organza on top)

wrong side with design on the bottom
I will tack the metal organza down to make sure it does not lift and proceed to add the sequins and beads etc.

I plan on using the additional leaves and flowers when I have the motifs framed. 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

We have been in Paris France for the last couple weeks...  I took another class at Ecole Lesage
Here is the Level IIII piece I am working on it is entitled "Les Ambitieuses" or Roses Sculptées
There are three appliques in this piece, large, medium, and petit plus 10 leaves.  The above is the large applique (5" X 3.5").  Once the each is done it is cut out, the leaves (1.5"long) are sewn on and it can be used as an applique.  All of the beads and sequins are done from the back.   The teacher was not complementary of my bead and sequin work although it did improve as the class progressed. The ribbon and trim parts are done from the top and the instructor loved my ribbon flower.
These are the leaves in various stages of completion (1.5" long).
This is the large piece completed in class before the leaves are sewn on.
This is the large piece cut out, lined, and  the leaves are added.
The leaves actually hide a lot of the bead and sequin work.  When I mentioned this to the instructor she said that this is the way couture is done ... a lot of the time all of the work is not seen.
Now I am working on the petit piece
Have to work some more on my flower  cut it out and add the leaves.

Level IIII teaches you to:

add beads (size 15), and sequins (3mm) without looking
add the tubes (around the large rose) using the pull stitch without looking
using ribbon and metal strip lamé

Next time I will share some of my ever changing favorite things about Paris