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Aesthetically beautiful technology, an inspirational ethos, a keen understanding of their products, and of how to sell them. All of this makes Apple a formidable and admirable company. There are many people who almost idolize its founder, Steve Jobs, while many more simply have great respect for him and for his vision. Then there are of course those who disagree with and even despise the hype surrounding the company.
Now, I am by no means an apple fan boy/girl, but I do have some friends who are…
A few months ago as I sat staring at my computer screen at some mad hour of the morning I came across an interesting facebook status on my newsfeed. The status requested that I ask my friend to create a handmade and original gift of my choosing, on the condition that I re-post their status, and do the same for my own facebook friends. I smiled at the idea, and proceeded to re-post the status to see if I had any takers… I immediately received two requests!
As I do not know how to, nor would I ever wish to, MAKE BEER at home in my bathtub, I decided to go with request number two. After discussing with him what exactly my friend wanted as a gift, he informed me that a piece of Kenmare Lace wouldn’t go unappreciated.
My task was clear: to design, create, and display a piece of Kenmare Lace with a theme which would appeal to my friend. What on earth could I do?! :O
Luckily for me, my friend happens to be a fan of Apple’s products. 😀
First, I searched online for a useable design. I wanted something with which I could vary my stitches, but could also maintain the simple clean design aesthetic the subject matter demanded of me.
After finding the perfect variation on the Apple logo, I printed a copy, and using a matt contact paper, placed it on two pieces of backing cloth and then tacked it all together.
I couched around the outline of my design in order to create a framework inside which I would build up my button-hole stitches, creating the piece of lace!
Tiny tiny button-hole stitches are used to fill the pattern. These are the building blocks of needlepoint lace.
I used a chord stitch to fill the largest part of the apple. I find it’s a great one to use to get back into the rhythm of things if you are starting out or are a little rusty. 😉
I used a combination of the Open Brussels Point stitch and the Double Brussels Point stitch in the upper section. It began to get a little more awkward here as I was stitching with the curve of the apple. (Note to self: Next time, build the curve of stitches outward, not inward…)
When I had filled each of the sections it was time to grab my trusty scissors, open up in between the two pieces of material, and cut away the stitches holding down the couching. This left my framework and filling free from the backing cloths and design.
Below you can see the completed Kenmare Lace Apple logo. Made from hundreds of little button-hole stitches, the piece took at least 20 hours of solid work, which isn’t too bad if I may say so myself! 🙂
Why make a lace Apple logo when beautiful, tried, trusted, traditional designs are available for me to use? Why not. It’s important that anyone interested in art and design is not afraid to take a traditional technique like the Kenmare Lace, and be adventurous with it. I personally believe that it is important to respect the original designs and would not do anything that might damage the existing Kenmare Lace legacy, but I also believe that we should always try our best to “Think Different” and use the skills we have to be creative and innovative in everything we do.
(Okay, so maybe I am a little bit of an Apple fan…) 😉
P.s. Hope you like the prezzie! It’s in the post! 😀 *