Break for Boutis
You may recall my post on July 31, 2014, (which I just republished because I somehow returned it to draft mode?!?), in which I showed a few of the boutis projects that I am currently working on. In that post I show one rose window, completed in white batiste, which will become a wall hanging, (stay tuned!), and another rose window that I had just started in the saffron batitse.
|Progress in July.|
This saffron boutis rose window will become a pin cushion and be partnered with the "cigale" needle fold shown in the post from August 12th.
In this little project, the two basic stitches that I have used are the back-stitch and the running stitch, as well as variations to the pattern of each stitch. The back-stitch completes the tiny round petals in the center of the design. It is also used in the background, where a variation of the design creates the "point de vauvert" stitch. Everything else is stitched in just a plain running stitch.
In the photo directly below, using a variation to the pattern, the running stitch acts as a filler stitch inside each of the petals. Called "point rapproche", (which means to bring closer together/to create a connection), it is used the way we use a stipple stitch in free motion quilting. I have seen this stitch filling in the entire background of a lap quilt. Now that's a lot of tiny, little stitches!!!
|"Point rapproche", filling the inside of the petals with tiny, closely spaced running stitches.|
"Point de vauvert", shown in the background pattern below, is a series of short lines, each line made with 3-5 back stitches, and each row off-set from the previous row. When filled with the cording, it makes for an interesting background to frame the central design.
|Here the stitching is completed.|
The back of the completed work is shown below.
|In a perfectly executed piece of, boutis, the back should be stitched as well as the front. It should be completely reversible. Hmm.....! Let's just say that this one will make a nice pin cushion, with only the top visible.|
Cording is the last step in the procedure and is always done from the back, only when all of the stitching is completed.
|The cording process has begun.|
This little project is currently almost completed and just waiting for the finishing touches. Coming soon.
I will link this post up to the WIP Wednesdays on the Needle and Thread Network.