Sunday, 16 November 2008

Julia Caprara Tag

I don't usually work this quickly but I have actually finished my piece for the Julia Caprara tribute at Harrogate next weekend.



I had to cut the prepared background down to tag size as I reread the instructions which asked for the size to be no bigger than a postcard. I have taken a technique from Julia's new book and worked with complimentary colours orange and blue using one stitch only, detached chain stitch. The surface was gradually covered in stitch using threads of different weights and textures, some of which are metallic. Every time I ran out of thread I changed to another colour or texture.





I backed the tag with this piece of placemat using just these few stitches to hold it together. I thought about stitching the back as fully as the front but I think it would have made it too bulky. I have finished the tag off with an 'inspire' and a 'joy' button as Julia's work is so joyful and she has and continues to inspire so many, including myself. Hopefully I will be feeling ok enough to go to Harrogate on Saturday so that I can attach it to Julia's barbed wire artwork.


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10 comments:

Sue said...

Thank you for posting the info about the tribute to J Caprara. I am going to Harrogate on Friday and will make a bookmark of my own. Yours is lovely. I think it is a wonderful idea, and I am sure Alex will be delighted if everyone makes something half as nice as your tribute. Sue

Robin Mac said...

What a lovely tag Julie. I certainly hope you are feeling well enough to go to the Harrowgate show to see all the goodies there - and no doubt post about them for us poor souls so far away!. Cheers Robin

Sharne's Bit 'n' Bobs said...

I love your tag, I love working in orange and blue! I hope you get to the K & S show to hang your tag.

artisbliss said...

Really nice work on this tag. Thanks for your comment on my soon-to-be felted bag. The yarn I used is a 75% wool/25% silk blend from Wisdom Yarns called Sonnet in colorway #737. I purchased it on e-bay from a seller called yarnbow. Here is a link to her e-bay store.
http://stores.ebay.com/Yarnbow

Good luck! I hope you can find this yarn or a similar one you like.

Gina said...

It is absolutely beautiful Julie... and so very reminiscent of Julia.

downunderdale said...

Julia will love it!
Cheers
Dale

Diana said...

Gorgeous bookmark, Julie - and I wonder if you could tell me where you get your little buttons with words on? I've been looking for something similar for ages, with no luck! Thanks.
Diana (regular reader but usually a lurker!)

sharon young said...

Beautiful bookmark, Julie, and so Julia!!!

Gail P said...

Wow, I've missed quite a few pieces that you've recently posted on your blog. Wonderful to see them.
Thanks for the comment on my blog. Hugs!

Julie said...

Diana, I have been trying to track down the "inspire" type buttons on the net with no luck. Unfortunately I can't remember where I got them. It may have been Craftynotions altho they do not show them on their website. I also shop at Downtown which is near me. They stock Do-crafts products but I couldn't see them on that website either. The inspire button comes in a pack of 4 from Buttons Galore & More but I don't know who makes them as they are imported and packed in the USA. They must then be exported to the UK. I think I did buy the metal button (Joy) at Craftynotions again in a selection pack of about 8 charms. They are double sided with a motif on the other side. Whereabouts in the world are you? I'm going to the Knitting & Stitching show on Saturday and I shall be looking out for some more so I could let you know who stocks them if I see some.