Since my hummingbird boutis has been completed, (see my post of Nov. 23, 2013), I have been working on drafting some smaller boutis pieces. Below are 3 of the designs ready to be stitched.
Rose windows from some of the many churches and cathedrals that I have photographed over the years, were the inspiration for two of these designs. This first piece, which will be a cell phone case, is my first attempt at stitching boutis with dupioni silk. Although Swiss cotton batiste (in white), is the most traditional material used for boutis, a number of the more contemporary boutiseusses are experimenting with silk. Silk is less forgiving then cotton, so consistency in tension, and accuracy in stitch length and placement become more crucial because of their greater visibility.
|Stitching is almost completed on this little mobile phone "sac".|
|This second design, also inspired by rose windows, is drawn onto the traditonal swiss batiste cotton in white. The basting method that I used here (with stitches meeting in the centre) is Mme. Born's preferred method of basting.|
|Although not as common, this golden yellow cotton batiste is another traditional colour used in boutis. There's little cicada on an olive branch that decorates this needle fold.|
Almost every "boutisseuse" that I have met has one of these little needle folds in her bag of tricks. It seems like a right of passage, so I thought it was time to prove my dedication to the craft and make one of my own!
I like handy little projects like this because it's easier to keep them accessible for stealing those few moments of stitching between other jobs. I'll post progress reports.