Leaf Lace

Posted: July 6, 2015 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, Lace
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leaf lace by Mo 15exploring the lace like veins in a skeletonized Hydrangea leaf with thread and white ink
first-ever-French-Knotsand made some French knots for the first time ever!
this is a continuation of looking at patterns of lace found in nature through the Key Book

  1. That is lovely. Love the French knots, the only embroidery stitch I am halfway competent at.

  2. What a beautiful leaf . . .made even more beautiful! Congratulations on your French knots . . . it’ll be bullion knots next . . . they’re pretty cool.

  3. dinahmow says:

    Well, your French knots look better than my first efforts -they undid themselves!

    • Mo Crow says:

      all my earlier efforts were so tightly wound they had to be cut out but my friend Maggie who is a stitching wiz suggested winding the thread more loosely and it worked!

  4. Carol says:

    Love your French knots, I’m impressed. The Key Book is so delicate almost ethereal – you have a very light touch, Mo. Just beautiful.

  5. deemallon says:

    I love that it’s July 6 there already. How will the leaf hold up over time, do you think? It looks amazing. And, nice French knots. Mine seem to always want to pull all the way through (fail, in other words).

    • Mo Crow says:

      the leaf will hold up fine because it’s in a book stuck down with archival paste, herbariums keep dried plants in their archives for 100’s of years. I have pressed flowers in books that are still holding together from the 70’s & re those French knots, have discovered that they work if I think loose & light!

  6. Beautiful, I used to be able to do french knots but seem to have lost the knack.

  7. ravenandsparrow says:

    The paint and thread work so perfectly with the leaf veins. I love the low-key monochromatic colors….they have some of the same feeling as blind embossing. Congratulations on the french knots…they are tricky sometimes.

  8. beth says:

    Really like this Mo. I have some Japanese beetle chewed leaves that I’ve pressed. The skeletal structure is so beautiful. Did you poke your stitch holes in advance with an awl? And perfect French knots!

    • Mo Crow says:

      stitching is so much about feel and although my mark making looks fine it’s often heavy handed, learning to be gentler with the materials is good! & yes I made each hole through the leaf and paper with the needle before stitching one at a time

  9. vdbolyard says:

    great integration of fiber. leaf, book. really like the marks you made here. very exciting, mo!

    • Mo Crow says:

      there’s a new direction starting to develop between the drawing, stitching and bits of found leaf and twig which is quite exciting Velma !

      • vdbolyard says:

        i totally agree. push push (grin)

        • Mo Crow says:

          it’s just ’round the edge, a glimpse from the (k)orner of the eye (hmmm this is trikky, the letter “see” doesn’t work on my key()oard this morning… or the one after a…)
          PS a bit later and ok, what I was trying to say earlier is it’s just over the edge, a glimpse from the corner of the eye and how good is this? there’s a virtual keyboard available online!

  10. Mo, I’m absolutely in love with this!

  11. handstories says:

    gosh this is beautiful. I love making french knots, it’s like performing a magic trick everytime.

  12. Liz says:

    Congrats on the French knots … I must say I’ve always liked them myself.

    And as much as I love the delicate tracery of leaf, ink and stitch, it was the little heart announcing “9 down and 91 to go” that brought the biggest grin.

  13. now that is painstakingly beautiful work!

  14. fiona says:

    So beautiful Mo – age and beauty, time passing, being held, gentle reminders…they’re all there.

  15. perlhuhn52 says:

    All is said, but I have to add by myself: it is so beautiful! And you can get addicted to french knots -very dangerous 🙂

  16. The french knots will start to flow … Love it’s delicate strength

  17. Oh wow – I am smiling so much

  18. Judy Martin says:

    The key book is brilliant, and this particular page, gorgeous. x

  19. Hey, Mo, I finally found time to stop by and I’m doing ok despite terrorist attacks, etc. Right now I’m in the States visiting family and trying to get back to blogging. I may be fired from my teaching job–I work too hard! Which will be a relief because I can get back to the artwork full time. I’ll head back to my orchards in Tunisia in August, but there is a big question mark hanging over everything.
    LUV the lacy leaf with stitching. Gorgeous and so subtle. I am, of course, a fan of French knots. I also liked your red hearts for Dee. Thanks for stopping by my place so regularly and not loosing faith. It is much appreciated…

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