It is high time I started to practise my metal-working skills again so I decided to start small, cutting out a rose leaf shape from sheet brass and piercing it with holes before I textured it with the hammer.
Then I used some green perle and using the holes, put in the foundation stitches for a woven spider’s web which I worked in a gorgeous variegated pink and green silk ribbon.
It worked out perfectly so I had a green centre shading out to the deep pink edge. I neatened it up with a piece of pink kid leather over the back and added a jump ring to turn it into a sweet little mixed media pendant.
One of my Christmas presents was a Dremel engraver so I had a bit of a play with that, first using one of the included stencils to add a rustic star shape to a piece of sea glass which I then turned into a pendant.
Then I moved on to a piece of reticulated brass which I created on the silversmithing course I took in Sheffield a few years ago. I had deliberately worked the reticulation from either end of the piece of brass in order to leave a smooth bridge between them for some text. Finally, I had the tool to add the lettering!
I used uncial script and the H of ‘haven’ looks a bit like an R, unfortunately, but I really like the way the engraver worked on the brass.
I turned this into yet another pendant and gave it a lovely vintage sari silk strip ribbon to hang from in crimson and gold.
My other Christmas present thanks to some vouchers was a doming set and I was dying to have a go at doming some old coins that I’d accumulated. Tiny bronze British decimal half pennies seemed to work best and I combined one that I’d hammered into a hemisphere with a ‘cornflake’ of reticulated brass that I’d also domed. I drilled them both through the middle and chose an odd stud earring with purple diamantes like stamens of a flower to connect them together.
I’ve got a piece of fantastically patterned gilding metal to which I hope to attach the ‘flower’ which I can then turn into a brooch. It’s been good to play with metal again!
Posted in Jewellery, Ribbon Embroidery | Tagged beach glass, brass, coin, decimal half penny, doming block, engraving, etsy shop, experimenting, hammered brass, hammered texture, pendant, perle, reticulation, ribbon embroidery, ribbon roses, rose leaf, sea glass, silk, text, uncial script, woven spiders' web stitch | 4 Comments »
A couple of years ago I was delighted to come across a vintage white metal brooch with spaces I could fill with stitching. An offcut of pelment vilene and a few french knots later, I created one of my first upcycled brooches.
So I was delighted when I found a very similar brooch recently. Pink vilene this time…
…and tiny stem and lazy daisy stitches in a single strand of silk made tree branches with leaves.
Another branch on the other side with cream french knots for cherry blossom and odd blossoms and leaves in the central section.
Mounted into the brooch.
And popped into my Etsy shop. Another quick finish.
Posted in Jewellery, Upcycling | Tagged brooch, cherry blossom, etsy, etsy shop, french knots, lazy daisy stitch, leaves, pelmet vilene, stem stitch, Summer Meadow Brooch, upcycled jewellery, upcycling | 2 Comments »
Last Saturday was our December meeting at Scunthorpe Embroiderers’ Guild and as well as Stitch Club, lovely Christmassy treats, our usual mega raffle and a workshop with our own Liz on making dream-catcher style Christmas tree ornaments, it was the grand unveiling of the Christmas Consequences which Helen set us at the AGM back in September. The scope and imagination of what everyone involved had produced in response to a handful of words was truly amazing.
Helen judged the winner, but members also voted by putting coins (one coin, one vote, with the value of the coin being irrelevant) into a saucer by the side of each piece of work. All the coins go into our funds.
Just a taster of the work on show and apologies if I’ve missed anybody’s out! Helen’s choice was Janet’s beautiful mistletoe headband at the back of this first photo.
The runner up Member’s Choice was this delightful partridge in a pear tree by one of out newest members – sorry, can’t remember her name. :os
Lynda’s mince pie crusts actually lift off to reveal ‘mincemeat’ (chocolate covered raisins).
The Member’s Choice winner was Sandra’s witty picture.
Looking back at the photos, there is at least one person’s I’ve missed – my own! Well done, Alex! Not that it matters as I’ll blog about my ‘consequence’ in a bit more detail later.
Posted in General Embroidery, Scunthorpe Embroiderers' Guild Meetings | Tagged Christmas, competition, embroidery consequences, Scunthorpe Embroiderers' Guild | 4 Comments »