The Celts are one of the inspirations of the collection Sortilèges and the stole Arbre de Vie (Tree of Life) is a good example of it.
This unique piece made from black muslin is enhanced with a beaded embroidery of 20’s gold beads shaped as a Celtic tree with knots and relief oak leaves.
– I first cut the shape of the stole in my muslin and overlocked the edge for my fabric not to fray along the way.
– To make the embroidery, the motif has to be punched with holes to transfer it on the fabric with a “poncette” with a special powder. Then I stretched it onto my embroidery frame to make the embroidery shaped as a Celtic tree on the wrong side with my Lunéville crochet hook.
– Making the oak tree leaves.
As for my Celtic tree motif, I punched holes on my oak tree motifs (I used 2 sizes of leaves to give more contrast) and put on powder with my “poncette” to transfer the motifs on the muslin.
I made the outlines of these leaves and veins with a chain stitch with the Lunéville crochet hook and cut them to sew them on the stole one by one. They are placed mirrored on each side of the stole as it was mirroring on the surface of the Lady of the lake Viviane…
– Last step, the sewing of the fringes and of the lace by hand for the stitches not to be visible on the other side.
It’s again a wide-ranging work which I am proud of I must admit as I am a beginner in beaded embroidery. It took me 50 hours to make this stole.