Caro Higgs – D

Dampierre sur Boutonne

Inspiration: As my inspiration I have combined a couple design details from the church in Dampierre sur Bouttone, the pulpit and a window.

When I first saw the modern stained glass windows I was inspired to use them in textiles because I found the shapes so pleasing and there was no lead separating the coloured panes. The only separation is the line of stonework between the two sections of window. The pulpit was carved stone and again I was drawn to the designs. I first painted the silk ‘window’ and then stitched in the ditch to hold the layers together. I overlaid the pulpit design and machined the motifs with a rayon thread, the finer details are not too true to life but the of creating the shapes was fun. The idea was to create something that looked very basic but which  then produced a second more complicated shape upon closer inspection. I have used the centre of the flowers to insert my ‘D’ in morse code.

The piece is bound as previously to create the look of a photo. I have to admit that photographing this piece was not easy….

Dampierre sur Boutonne

Detail view:

Dampierre detail

  1. Thank you, Caro for introducing me to Albert Ayme and the wonderful Church of Dampierre sur Boutonne. We will put it in our travel plans. You did a great job of embroidery. As you say it is not easy to photograph and in fact, it is difficult to see all the details well. We hope to can admire it soon.

  2. Great idea, I of course love the simplicity of your design, a clever idea to add the ‘D” in the quilting design.

  3. Maryte Collard

    Very interesting design with a lot of information, that was new to me. I wish you posted more detailed photos. It looks like a lot more is encoded in quilting!

  4. I also like the simplicity of the design. The use of white thread for the pulpit design is great.

  5. I always have to take a picture of stained glass. This modern version looks great.
    I love how you overlaid the design and how it blends into the background.

  6. Great combination of glass and stones – perfect synthesis of this interesting church!

  7. Those windows must be beautiful. Great symmetry, wonderful colours and I so admire your quilting and the beautifully even stitches. It is exquisite! Adding the D in morse code is joy course brilliant.

  8. I love your chosen theme and your use of color. The detail is exciting and pulls you in for closer examination. I hope to be able to visit this site some day.

  9. I love the difference between the beautiful silk painted stained glass windows and the intriguing design of the culprit. These two layers makes it a feast for the eye and I keep looking and see more details. Well done!

  10. I love the simple lines of the design and also the detail in the quilting. A subtle combination of the two.

  11. joanbrailsford

    I like the way that you have incorporated both the fine stained glass and the heavy stone pulpit into your design. It really does reveal more and more detail the closer you look at it. Very clever.

  12. studiociboulette

    This is a very interesting design because you created the illusion of a church in your stain glass window. I love the effectiveness of the subtle quilting. Beautiful.

  13. At first glance I see the modern stain glass image and as I enlarged the photo to see the details, I was surprised by the subtle quilting depicting the intricate pulpit design. Well done!

  14. As always, I am impressed by your choice of design. The combination of the colored glass and the stone wall is intriguing. Your stitches are fabulous, so much beauty in a simple design.

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