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Posts Tagged ‘back-stitched spiders’ web stitch’

I’m on a roll!

An upcycled bracelet,

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Pisces necklace,

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Branch necklace,

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Green daisy necklace,

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Broken vintage brooch turned into a pendant

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…and another upcycled broken brooch. This one does actually have embroidery in it!

The main piece was a ring brooch in lovely condition with all the original stones intact, but no pin, so I got rid of the remains of the pin mountings and decided to fill the middle with a back stitched spider’s web, rather like a Dorset button.

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I’d got about a third of the way through the stitching when I looked on the back and decided I preferred that effect. So out it all came and I started again!

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Much better.

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Filling up the space nicely…

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…and completed.

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The thread is quite a thickish cotton and the web is really firm and sturdy. The back is neat too, but I’m pleased I chose to restitch it.

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I added a vintage bar tie-pin as the brooch back and it covers the scars of the old closure quite nicely.

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Very pleased with this!

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The only other sewing I’ve been doing is a major repair job on one of our Scunthorpe Little Theatre Club costumes – a wartime woollen coat that somebody has turned into a pirate captain type coat. Various seams have given way and the gold braid is coming adrift everywhere.

Not creative in quite the same way, but extremely satisfying.

 

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I’ve been upcycling jewellery recently and having a lot of fun putting bits and pieces together to make something from nothing. I had a small lot of vintage 1970s silver tone ring blanks which were crying out for some nuggets of sea glass.

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Then I used freshwater pearls and seed and bugle beads in a variety of shades of green to create a set of sea-themed dangles for my Mermaid’s Garden dangle ring. The centre is finished with a piece of ‘coral’ I beach-combed from Claigan Coral Beach on the Isle of Skye as a child in the 1970s. I always thought it was actually coral, but according to the internet it’s ‘desiccated and sun-bleached algae’ which is much less attractive sounding!

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Then an assemblage piece – Ship’s Wheel Locket. The original vintage goldtone locket had a slight depression in the front so I shaped a piece of polished broken abalone to fit into it and then added a lovely ship’s wheel charm on top of that so the sea green swirls of the abalone can be glimpsed through the spokes of the wheel.

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Lastly I reverted to embroidery for the Cottage Garden pendant. This gold tone pendant had a pierced pattern around the edge which was just begging to have some sort of thread added. I chose a heavy Caron cotton thread in lovely muted cottage garden shades and added a simple row of slanted stitches, following the pattern of the holes.

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Then it occurred to me that I could do a sort of back-stitched spider’s web around the champagne coloured diamantes and turn them into flowers, which worked very well.

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Always good when a plan comes together.

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I was finishing the kantha stitching when I had a brainwave for the mottled batik piece of fabric on the left.

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It’s something I’d seen somewhere on the internet – back stitched spiders web fans in variegated fine perle thread.

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Great fun to stitch, fitting them into the corners and edges of the pale blue shapes.

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And then I went back to the commercial embroidered piece on the right, adding tete de boeuf stitch (fly stitches caught down with a french knot, rather than a straight stitch) in the same size as the distance between the couching threads.

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They make me think of fern leaves unrolling in the spring.

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And then back to the chain stitched ‘portholes’.  Last element to finish before I can start on the third strip.

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I’m costuming our pantomime this year, so I’m aiming for a birthday finish (April) rather than Christmas.

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Thank you all very much for your advice and suggestions for how to complete my nine patch of back stitched spider’s web stitches. Lots of laying out and living with different threads ensued but it was the comment about liking the colour of the blank squares that really struck a chord.  I found this lovely Caron thread…

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…which was perfect – it’s very close in tone value to the grey but with the variegation of the black/purple.

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In fact, with my glasses off, and the details of the stitching thoroughly blurred, it almost looks like the original colour of the fabric.

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Now it’s time for the making up. it was originally designed as a coin purse, but I saw someone else in our Guild had made theirs into a needle case, which is quite tempting too. Decisions, decisions…

 

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Brooch or hair grip, I’m not sure! This one started off as a little dreadlock that should have gone on the starburst dreads brooch…

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…but somehow managed to get itself lost. I needle felted a scrap of mohair wool around it,

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then stitched it up into a spiral and beaded it.

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Rather like raspberry ripple.

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The Traditional English Canal Embroidery that I blogged about here has gone from this:

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to this:

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I’m not sure now that I want to use the same variegated perle in all the squares.

But what colour to use?

Any ideas?

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Our last Embroiderers’ Guild meeting was a workshop looking at Traditional Canal Embroidery, led by one of our members. The English canal boatmen and their families led a nomadic existence and as a result, the children’s schooling was patchy. But one thing that teachers found they could do, with the girls at least, was set them to embroidering with odds and ends of threads on large squared tea towels. This lent itself to simple bold and very brightly coloured patterns often edged in chain stitch and with big back stitched spiders webs in the centre. These were often used as wide belts for the men.

We started working our own Canal Embroidery designs on big checked black white and grey gingham. First I outlined a set of nine squares in a slightly variegated red perle.

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I forgot to put a hoop into my sewing kit, so keeping the tension through two layers of fabric was quite a challenge. Then I added a back stitched spiders web to the middle square. I’m not into bright random colours and I had a variegated black grey and purple perle that toned in with the gingham which I couldn’t resist.

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What I really like is that Penny designed the piece to be made up into a coin purse, so once I’ve done the embroidery, it will become something, very much in that tradition of usefulness. No room on a narrow boat for anything that didn’t earn its keep!

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Around finishing my hammered linked pendant last week, I also reticulated a couple of pieces of brass into holes. One had been rolled out quite thinly so as well as reticulating it holed rather too well and I ended up with two fragments. This is the end section.

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When I was choosing a piece of fabric to go with this piece, I accidentally turned it diagonally so the left top corner was in the centre and then the design of the piece just fell into place.

These pieces of brass just love vivid colours and I found an oddment of what I think is silk matka, hand dyed in the most wonderful range of reds, oranges and golds. Even better, I found some hand dyed variegated thread in reds, oranges and golds and green which matched the fabric shades so perfectly that I didn’t quite believe it!

The embroidery will start in the space at the bottom of the brass piece and then ‘drip’ down.

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I’m so pleased with the way the thread tones so closely with the fabric and the green is a perfect complement.

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I’m using eyelets, tiny back-stitched spiders’ webs and clusters of french knots to create the texture.

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I’ve got a little more to do on the embroidery for this one before I make it up and I also plan to use something decorative to stitch across the brass to hold it to the fabric. I’m thinking long bullions or possibly something like buttonhole bars. Lots of exciting possibilities!!

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