Monday, August 10, 2009
Pearl Sticken - Gollar Done!
Whew! Spent the last couple weeks putting the final finishing touches on the gollar and developing a section for our website showing all the Pearl Sticken projects with research notes (visit http://www.bayrose.org click on the Pearl Embroidery link). The gollar has been quite the labor of love as you will see.
I have known for quite awhile that I can't just recreate something. I can't do someone else's pattern or project. If I am going to do needlework, it needs to be a creative experience for me. Once I got past the hurdle of re-creating the gollar in the portrait, the project worked for me.
For the most part, I kept the elements of the portrait gollar. The key difference is that I changed the lower wide band from geometric to one that was a floral. It is my Poppy gollar. As a member of the Order of the Golden Poppy, I can wear a wreath of poppies - this is mine :)
The gollar is heavy, but the weight distributes well enough to wear comfortably. It fits me better than the mannequin and I can do up the center hooks to "close" it as shown in the portrait.
It will have its first official outing this weekend at Purgatorio. I will take pics to post then. It is all about the setting and I'll have on the right outfit to show case the gollar.
Hope you enjoy the eye candy.