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


  1. Shirlee, how exciting that you're in Paris again! Your class projects look lovely.

    I can't wait to hear more about your trip!

  2. Without looking! Yeouch! Was that hard?
    Yay - you got to go back to learn more :-) :-)

  3. Your instructor may not have been impressed but I certainly am. Really lovely Shirlee. Look forward to hearing about your favourite Paris things.

  4. First of all, you look beautiful in front of the school!

    Secondly, I see what you mean about the leaves obscuring the work. But I really love all those leaves using a different technique for each one. Do you applique an organza leaf onto the organza backing before you beaded them?

    I also like the layered sequin treatment in the center of the big motif....I'm wondering how you stitched those...individually or did you follow some sort of pattern?

    I can't wait to hear about your favorite spots. Welcome home!

  5. I'm so glad you're home. Can't wait to see you and your new class pretties!