Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘General Embroidery’ Category

Several years ago when I was doing my silversmithing course, I had an idea about creating a piece where I ‘mended’ a piece of denim with a ‘patch’ of impressed brass. I impressed some brass with a piece of fabric to give it a woven texture, but got no further. Some time later I was revisiting my sketch book from the course and cut out a ‘patch’ which I then drilled all round the edge to take the stitches. Once polished, it stalled yet again.

20180212_114601_HDR.jpg

However, last week I found the perfect piece of denim  – an off cut from a pair of jeans – and with a square of apple wood from my Dad’s shed, the project was back on again.

20180212_114616_HDR.jpg

I cut a section of the denim with one of the iconic seams running through it and frayed the edges. Next I chose some bright red perle thread to stitch the ‘patch’ on. It took less time to stitch the patch down than it had to drill just one of the holes with my bow drill!

20180212_120300_HDR.jpg

Mounted onto the apple wood square…

DSCN8585.JPG

… and made into an unusual brooch which I’ve listed here.

Some more progress on the bluework too. From this:

DSCN7902

To this:

DSCN8577.JPG

I’ve finished the eyelets at the bottom and completed the leaves and stems on the floral fragment on the right. The leaves and stems are in split stitch, a favourite of mine for filling areas.

DSCN8578.JPG

I found an image on the internet of a flower where the petals had been created from long blanket stitches and then the top loops of the blanket stitches had been blanket stitched into to give a frilly sort of raised edge, so I thought I’d have a go at that for my next section.

DSCN8580.JPG

It’s an interesting method, but slightly untidy for my liking! I think I’m going to seed stitch the background so they don’t stand out quite as much.

And in other news, I have just got the silk fabric to add to my linen and wool and I should soon be able to start investigating how to get ‘crocus coloured’ fabric for the start of my Dorian Gray project.

Read Full Post »

If we have had a workshop of some sort at our Embroiderers’ Guild group, then at the next meeting there is a space available for people to bring their workshop pieces, whether finished or just continued, to show. It was fantastic to see what had happened to the stitch play pieces from my workshop in December.

20180127_140536_HDR.jpg

20180127_140541_HDR.jpg

20180127_140547_HDR.jpg

20180127_140551_HDR.jpg

20180127_140557_HDR.jpg

20180127_140607_HDR.jpg

20180127_140617_HDR.jpg

20180127_140635_HDR.jpg

Many thanks to everyone who brought along their work – glad you enjoyed it!

I’ve also been doing some more upcycling. First, I turned a single 1980s enamelled earring which looked like orange sherbet into a beaded brooch. I removed the post and then beaded it onto some hand dyed vintage cotton fabric with some matching pearlised opaque orange seed beads using peyote stitch.

20180118_164001_HDR.jpg

Then I gathered the spare fabric over the back and ladder stitched it to the covered vilene circle onto which I’d already stitched the brooch back.

DSCN8132.JPG

Then I could add the edging in a mixture of clear orange, opaque pale yellow and very pale lilac beads, to echo the colours in the swirl.

DSCN8129.JPG

It’s not a terribly quick thing to stitch, but a lot of fun to do!

Among the oddments I scored from my Dad’s workshop last year were some bits of veneer that he had hand cut. This little piece is apple wood.

20180114_105655_HDR.jpg

I wondered what would happen if I doodled on it in black pen…

20180114_105701_HDR.jpg

…and then cut it into sections to fit in this vintage bracelet.

20180114_105630_HDR.jpg

Measure twice, cut once…

20180114_105648_HDR.jpg

Hold your breath and hope…

20180114_105733_HDR.jpg

…and be pleasantly surprised at the result.

DSCN8125.JPG

 

I’ve also added nuggets of sea glass and sea washed china to a selection of vintage pendants, brooches and rings.

DSCN7960

 

DSCN7815.JPG

DSCN7984.JPG

DSCN6560.JPG

DSCN7967.JPG

DSCN7971.JPG

DSCN8367.JPG

They are all sitting in my Etsy shop now, waiting for loving homes!

Read Full Post »

The theme for our January EG meeting was ’21st Birthday’ – ours, to be exact, and we plan to mark it with an exhibition later in the year. The activity was for us all to stitch a letter to be made up into bunting for the exhibition in the following style:

20180127_142933_HDR.jpg

Liz had done a pile of lovely little counted work kits for us with the waste canvas all ready tacked onto the felt background and the promise that each letter should take no more than an hour to stitch.

It was a gorgeous little project, although anything counted tends to kill the atmosphere as you can’t count and chat at the same time! I ended up with a ‘T’ and had stitched it by the end of the session.

20180129_105124_HDR.jpg

Then I trimmed the waste canvas closely,

20180129_105353_HDR.jpg

damped it, and pulled the strands out.

20180129_134146_HDR.jpg

I’ve got an ‘R’ to stitch next.

A friend has been giving me various odds and ends for upcycling as she clears her dad’s house, and some while ago, among the oddments was a vintage two-strand bead necklace with a damaged catch which was very much in her favourite colours but too short. I took it home and restrung it, interspersing the bigger glass beads with big copper coloured seed beads, which immediately made it longer while keeping the overall look.

 

20180126_195519_HDR

I found a bright red plastic cabochon which fitted the top of the catch perfectly and used closed fly stitch, closely packed, to embroider a scattering of tiny leaves in autumnal browns on a piece of hand dyed brown silk.

20180126_195529_HDR

Then I gathered up the silk over the cab, pulled it tight behind and stitched it securely before…

20180127_082049_HDR.jpg

… sticking it into place on the catch. I was very happy with the way it turned out and Debbie seemed pleased with it too.

 

20180127_083420_HDR.jpg

At the moment I’m researching and collecting natural dye stuffs and undyed linen, silk and wool to begin my first Dorian Gray project. Exciting!

Read Full Post »

One or two finished and ongoing oddments.

First, the little blackwork project I started back in November with Alison Larkin. Interlaced border next…

DSCN7440.JPG

…nearly there…

DSCN7570

…completed!

DSCN7578.JPG

I can’t believe the last bluework update I posted was at the start of October! It’s gone slowly from this:

DSCN6374

to this:

DSCN7902.JPG

Eyelets as spiky abstract daisies at the bottom.

DSCN7901.JPG

And another shaded long and short stitch flower.

DSCN7903.JPG

Creative mending has been on the agenda as well. I needed to mend a slit right at the front of one of my favourite tops where a thread had given up the ghost. There was no way I was going to make it invisible, so I did the darning…

DSCN7912.JPG

…and added some embroidered trims over the top to make a feature. It’s so good to be wearing this top again, and the motif looks like it was always meant to be there!

DSCN7914.JPG

And lastly, the piece I started as a work in progress for the Stitch Play workshop. It’s so nearly done, I really ought to get it finished!

DSCN8083.JPG

Especially as I have a plan for a biggish stitching project in 2018…

Read Full Post »

I learned a lot stitching the samples for the Stitch Play workshop and it wasn’t just adding new stitches to my repertoire.

I know that thread makes a significant difference to how the stitch looks and sits on the fabric, but I don’t often take the time to experiment. Usually, I start stitching, realise it isn’t right for the look I’m trying to achieve, and restitch it in the ‘right’ thread. The samples gave me the opportunity to really explore the different effects of different threads, especially the heavier threads which I tend to use less.

My first sample piece was based on the leaves and flowers pairs I stitched for Sandra and Val in the last round of Travelling Books. I liked the way the satin stitch worked up in the variegated thread and also the effect of the knotty Portuguese Stem Stitch.

DSCN7793

After having worked some bigger shapes with multiple stitches used on each, I wanted to showcase smaller shapes with just a couple of stitches used but a different stitch to edge each one for my second sample piece.

DSCN7788.JPG

I enjoyed using these wintry blues and am particularly pleased with the effect of the sheaf stitch around the edge of the central circle.

I thought it was also useful to label the samples with the name of the stitches used.

DSCN7787.JPG

Two samples in, I started to look for shapes to include on the worksheet and found some lovely vase silhouettes.

DSCN7795.JPG

Having worked on finding lots of different edging stitches for the spots piece, I went back to simple blanket and Berwick Stitches to hold the vase shapes down. Then I could go to town on linear stitches to create the bands across the vases. Chain Stitch is the only repeated stitch on this piece.

DSCN7796.JPG

I really liked the effect of the four legged knot stitch (3rd row up from the bottom).

DSCN7798.JPG

I looked at my three samples so far and sighed as I realised that once again, I’d stuck to my favourite green and blue palette and each one was stitched in shades of a single colour. I decided that for the last sample I was going to use rows of bright clashing colours. Yeah, right…

DSCN7800.JPG

I simply couldn’t do it! But at least there are other colours than blue and green going on…

The Guilloche Stitch at the top is a composite stitch, with french knots, stem stitch top and bottom and a threaded thing going on down the middle. It’s a stitch I would never use normally, but it was perfect for the band going along the edge of the cup.

DSCN7803.JPG

I love the feathered chain/chained feather stitch along the top of the mug and I also reused a few stitches from the vases sample. The raised chain band (5th row down) was worked in all six strands of a stranded cotton, as opposed to the perle on the first green vase (also 5th row down) and the effect is much richer and fuller.

I also found that using a heavier weight perle on the scroll stitch (2nd row down) than I did on the second green vase (also 2nd row down) helped it to sit better.

DSCN7807.JPG

They were fun to stitch, but I was ready to return to something different by the time the workshop came round!

Read Full Post »

First of all, Happy New Year to you all!  As promised, now the holiday period is out of the way, some more images of the stitch play workshop I ran at our December Embroiderers’ Guild meeting. I managed to stitch and mount four example pieces which between them showcase 48 different stitches, many of which were completely new to me.

DSCN7809.JPG

I provided everyone with a two-page worksheet containing the instructions and sixteen simple shapes from leaves and flowers to a star, bird, Christmas tree, heart etc to use as the base for their stitch play.  The results were fabulous.

20171216_153144_HDR.jpg

The background felt for Janet’s little robin was sparkly, which isn’t obvious in the photo, but made him look very festive!

20171216_153115_HDR.jpg

20171216_153053_HDR.jpg

20171216_153043_HDR.jpg

20171216_153029_HDR.jpg

20171216_153017_HDR.jpg

20171216_152958_HDR.jpg

20171216_152929_HDR.jpg

Pauline combined the stitch play idea with a felt project she already had on the go.

20171216_152917_HDR.jpg

All my pieces were stitched on light coloured felt so I could use a marker to keep my lines straight and equidistant, but pencil/markers don’t show up dark coloured felt so I made note of Sally’s use of guideline tacking stitches to keep her work level.

20171216_152852_HDR.jpg

20171216_152833_HDR.jpg

20171216_152754_HDR.jpg

20171216_152652_HDR.jpg

20171216_152635_HDR.jpg

20171216_152551_HDR.jpg

20171216_152520_HDR.jpg

20171216_152506_HDR.jpg

I admire the bravery of anyone, who like Christina, has a go at Rosette Chain Stitch, especially in stranded cotton!

20171216_152456_HDR.jpg

20171216_152423_HDR.jpg

20171216_145116_HDR.jpg

Don’t know why this one insists on going sideways!

20171216_135744_HDR.jpg

20171216_135733_HDR.jpg

Mary was also working on a project which lent itself to the stitch play.

20171216_135617_HDR.jpg

As a workshop it seemed to go down very well indeed. Pretty much everybody tried at least one stitch they hadn’t worked before/hadn’t worked for some time and everyone, from the most to the least experienced of us, was able to work and achieve at our own rate and ability level, which is what I had hoped would happen. :o)

Read Full Post »

Our December meeting was held last Saturday and was an all day Stitch Play workshop sort of in the style of Sue Spargo which I led – hence why so much of my recent stitching has been under wraps! There are so many images of the work that came out of it that I’m going to leave you hanging until after Christmas for a report on the workshop and instead just show the results of our Christmas Challenge, which was set at the AGM in September to create a Christmas tote bag suitable either for an adult or a child.

We voted for our top five in each category by putting beads in a saucer.

20171216_121702_HDR.jpg

20171216_121718_HDR.jpg20171216_121710_HDR.jpg

20171216_121724_HDR.jpg

20171216_121731_HDR.jpg

The winner of the children’s bag section was Sally, with her intricate gingerbread house and biscuit button topped roof on the right in the photo.

20171216_121706_HDR

Hazel’s bag (far left) is fitted with fairy lights in the middle of each star which actually light up!

20171216_121633_HDR.jpg

20171216_121640_HDR.jpg

20171216_121648_HDR.jpg

20171216_121651_HDR.jpg

20171216_121655_HDR.jpg

The competition in the adult’s bag section was extremely close but Pauline’s Holly and the Ivy bag, on the left, won by a well-deserved whisker. I’m relieved that we had five votes because I could not have chosen just one.

20171216_121628_HDR.jpg

If I’ve missed anybody’s bag, my apologies! I’ll leave you with a long shot of the Challenge Bags in the background and a glimpse of my table set up with materials and examples…

20171216_121617_HDR.jpg

Have a fabulous Christmas!

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »