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Catherine Hearts by Olga Potaeva  Catherine Hearts by Olga Potaeva

 

Catherine Hearts

Olga Potaeva, Russia

IG: ggiscorsets

 

The Design

I didn’t reflect much on the design actually. I have been highly involved in the gothic subculture for a long, long time, so there were not many variants at all. I tried to recreate rose stained glass windows in my garment. My main source of inspiration was the Memorial Church of the Protestation in Speyer, Germany. This is beautiful Neo-Gothic building, which has an unbelievably delicate design of window. I carefully and accurately copied the patterns in my embroidery.

The embellishment is made by hand on silk organza. I used silk velvet, sequins, gimp wire and tons of beads of course. And since the construction is historically accurate, I added some finishing touches of flossing with gold metal thread. The corset has a single layer made from spot broche coutil, hand dyed in antique gray.

 

The Construction

You’ve probably recognized the construction. This is hearts corset from the patent by Daniel Kops and I’m totally obsessed with its shape and lines. Foundations Revealed has a brilliant set of articles about this fantastic construction written by Jenni Hampshire. My pattern is based on Louis XV "droit devant" french corset drafted by Joëlle Verne from Atelier Sylphe.

This year I continued my research on integrating large pieces of embroidery into the corset. So the main challenge was to join all the details together. I don’t know if a written description of the process will make any sense, because it’s quite tricky, but I’ll try, maybe these tips would be useful for somebody. At first I attached boning channels to the strength layer of the panels that would be covered by embellishment. Then I covered these panels with pre-embroidered organza and stitched them on by hand to fix everything. Next I attached the prepared two layered embroidery panel to the neighbouring clean panel and finished the inner curvy edges with cotton bias tape. And finally I stitched the rest of each boning channel into place. So you don’t need to sew over embroidery and that huge amount of work is safe.

And of course the real struggle was silk velvet, which was such a naughty fabric that it shifted every time I pressed it down with the foot of my sewing machine! XD

 

What was it like to compete this year? What would you say to someone who is on the fence about entering next year?

Don’t be afraid, enter, try new things, create, overcome challenges, push yourself out of your comfort zone. This is such an inspiring experience, you’ll receive positive results in any case.

 

 

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galadriel
My jaw just hit the floor. This is incredible, I hope you are really proud of your entry!
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ggis
Yes, I am, thank you so much!
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Maruska
I don't mean to say that other entries have not cost (dozen, hundreds) hours and hours but I am just so impressed with all those tiny beads and the skill/effort/patience it must have taken to put it together to form this. I think this expression might get lost in translation but - I'm taking my hat of to show respect (it makes more sense in my first language but I hope you get the gist of it). Maruska
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ggis
Thank you so much for such appreciation of my work! Is your first language russian?
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Almost! It's Slovak(ian).
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clockwork_faerie
Ok so I think this is brilliant! The glass beads capture the luminous quality of stained glass...its totally beautiful. Great work!
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ggis
I haven't written about it in my entry description, but I made additional samples to decide and eventually used special serie of Toho Beads with semitransparent colored glass and silver lined middle to provide those effect. And I'm so glad, that you payed attention to it, thank you so much!
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Oh, wow. I may have to come back later with better words, because I'm not sure I can do your design justice right now!
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ggis
LOL, thank you so much!
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equinoxxlatex
So much going on here and I love it all! The pattern has come out beautifully, its one Ive always wanted to give a go. Those embroidery panels are immaculate! Well done
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ggis
Yes, do it, give it a go, this construction is my most favourite for now, Kops was a genius. Thank you so much!
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kitty mortensen
I LOVE your beadwork. and your patternwork, heck I love the entire thing <3
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ggis
Haha, thank you so much, Kitty!
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marianne laimer
WOW!
This is amazing and and very inspiring. Such beautiful embroidery :-D

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ggis
Thank you for support, I'm so glad!
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artoftheneedle
Your bead work is amazing! And reinterpreting the window into the Kops corset is a fab idea. Great work!
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ggis
Yay! Thank you!
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royalblack
Your beadwork never ceases to amaze me.
I can't imagine how long this must have taken, but the effect you have created with the beads is breathtaking!

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ggis
About 200 hours of beadwork, and about 300 hours in total. Thank you, Barbara, I do appreciate your words so much!
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jema
The embellishment details are perfection. I love everything about them, beautiful placing, and shaping and execution. Heart stoppingly good - talking of which, what a great use of the kopps pattern, it frames those panels exquisitely. Very well done x
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ggis
Thank you so much! I totally agree, this pattern is the best choice for embroidered pieces.
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lyrisdesign
Gorgeous! Exquisite beading, and a great choice of pattern to really show it off.
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ggis
Thank you for your kind words!
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bernadettebanner
I love this interpretation of the hearts corset pattern! It's so beautifully done. And of course that bead work is just incredible! It really does evoke stained glass.
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ggis
Yep, I'm glad that I managed to represent the idea of stained glass, thank you so much!
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300 hours OMG! It shows as well! Quite fitting that you made the heart corset as well because you must have your heart and soul in this. I hope you feel like this is a real triumph because I certainly think it is. Gorgeous, beautiful, stunning, I could just do with a thesaurus right now!!
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ggis
Awww, thank you so much for this amazing feedback, I'm so glad you like my work!
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alexander
This is a glorious creation. I had been following it’s progress on Instagram, but it still took my breath away when I saw the finished piece. Your dedication and love of your craft shines through in this corset. The elegant simplicity of the spot broche coutil is the perfect frame for those stunning beaded panels. A true masterpiece!
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ggis
Thank you so much for such a lovely response!
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reiray
So... much...work!!! I am in awe. Absolutely stunning! Well done!
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ggis
Thank you!
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lcostigliolo
The beaded detail are truly beautiful! Well done, it's a beautiful corset!
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junie22
Beautiful beading.
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paulay71
Stunning work, the beading is amazing and the effect you've achieved is incredible.
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theperfecttouchvictorian
There are no words to describe how gorgeous and incredible I find this corset! Beading takes so much time and I can see the intricate detail in each panel. Well done!!!
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kat_simpson
Incredible beading work! Stunning corset
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marloes dadswell
So utterly divine!! So masterfully done, bravo!!!!
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Oh I am so late with commenting the advanced category ut I was really looking forward to your entry. It is just divine. I always loved your beading, it is incredible and so inspiring! And this one is just WOW! <3
What you did with the velvet, my dear lord, this must have driven you mad ;)
And he fact that you finished it so neatly, the inserts, the flossing, the bias and getting this front busk in so perfectly with all the beads.... you are a true master! I love your work <3

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