Busy busy busy....
I am working away on the vintage lace tallit. I was feeling a little nervous about some of the aspects of the tallit so I decided to fake myself out by working on the pinot- the corner pieces.
My client had brought me two quite spectacular doilies to use for the pinot. there are however four corners on a tallit. My client had shown me how on a tallit made out of other family linens, the monogram was used for one of the pinot.
One of the things that fascinated me about this old linen piece is that the lace was really high quality work. The monograms, although meaningful to my client are actually not such nice work. There is a story in that mismatch of handwork. I don't know for sure what it is. I suspect that the fancy linens were handed down to a less fancy family.
Here is one of the doilies stitched to the gold backing.
I created a composition of sorts out of the monogram and some of the lace.
This is casting no aspersions on my client's ancestor, I'm pointing out that there is a story here. I plan to cover my own machine zig zag stitching with hand couching.
Here are the four pinot all together.
The first two was a set of twins I have known since before they were born. They came on their own, actually one after the other. One of the twins has a broken leg, the other has been suffering from a month of migraines so neither was working with all jets running. We all made allowances for one another and ended up doing some really good work.
I had to make sketches to show the parents where we are going with the tallitot.
I'm delighted with how I made the sketches.
This one is made out of black elastic and painted paper. It was the quickest way to show what the painted silk would look like next to the black charmeuse.
The other tallit will have a slightly different design on either side.
The third client of the day came with his mother so a crude pencil sketch sufficed. I am working on sourcing materials for all of the projects and fielding calls about some possible very exciting work. I will keep all of you posted if the exciting stuff comes to pass.