Posts Tagged ‘commission’

The dragonfly pouch commission is complete and I’m delighted with the result.

The back stitched wing veins took a long time lining them up with the source photos to make sure they felt accurate but it was definitely worth it. I just wish I could capture the shimmer of the fused fabric wings.

I hope the recipient likes it as much as I do!

I’ve also finished the silk cocoon and driftwood pendant I started a couple of weeks ago. I added seed beads, freshwater pearls and tiny turquoise nuggets to the end of the points to give a bit of weight and a change of texture.

Then I lightly sanded and waxed the chunk of driftwood and carefully glued the cocoon to the top.

Next I fabricated a hanging loop out of an old odd sterling silver earring wire and recessed that through the top of the cocoon and into the wood to carry the jump ring bale. The vintage sterling silver belcher chain is a perfect weight to match the chunkiness of the pendant, although the driftwood is actually a lot lighter than it looks.

A real statement piece of jewellery; available here in my Etsy shop.

Lastly, a sneak peek of my next embroidered upcycled jewellery project.

Going for something a bit more seasonal!

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Hearts in varying sizes have been cut from both the pieces of fused fabric and also, for contrast, some plain toning dark turquoise satin. The commission asked for two panels, so I’ve cut and pinned two scatterings of hearts onto natural coloured silk noil.

Panel 1:

Fused fabric hearts panel 1a

Fused fabric hearts panel 1b

And Panel 2:

Fused fabric hearts panel 2a

Fused fabric hearts panel 2b

Now for the first layer of embellishment – stitching them decoratively onto the silk.

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I’ve been asked to create two canvases with a neutral coloured background and a turquoise colour scheme featuring hearts. To give some interest to the hearts, I decided to create some more fused fabric.

This one started with a base of dark teal green satin, sprinkled with various threads, sequins, beads, ribbon etc, layered with Bondaweb and then covered with a piece of shot rose and turquoise organza.

Fused fabric uncut 1

Fused fabric uncut 2




Fused fabric uncut 3

For the next one, I went for a lighter background as contrast, this time using a piece of brushed cotton with an interesting hand dyed pattern for my base and a piece of vintage pale blue chiffon scarf as the final layer.

Fused fabric uncut 4

Fused fabric uncut 5

And for the final piece, back to the dark satin, but this time with a chiffon final layer.

Fused fabric uncut 6

Fused fabric uncut 7

Fused fabric uncut 8

Now onto the fun of choosing the threads, beads etc. to embellish the design.

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And delivered yesterday, to the delight of the lady who commissioned it (and the relief of the person who stitched it!).

Golden sea glass 1

I only had a few nuggets of glass left to bead so on Saturday night I got stuck in and finished the piece; mounting it round the canvas on Sunday morning. In Sunday morning’s sunshine the gold in the fabric really glows.

Golden sea glass 2

Golden sea glass 3

I really love creating these pieces and have been sitting over breakfast this morning with my sketchbook, playing with ideas for another design.

Golden sea glass 4


Something less linear, I think.

Golden sea glass 5

And going back to a pale aqua and topaz colour scheme. Really wish I could stay home and play with that today…

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The friend for whom I stitched the turquoise sea glass canvas in the spring, loved it so much she’s commissioned me to stitch another one in browns and golds to give as a present. Since there’s been a lot of mending and not much embroidery going on recently, I thought I’d share some in progress images.

I found some fantastic crinkled gold satin for the background and used mostly sea glass from my trip to Seaham in browns and yellows.

Gold sea glass 1

The fabric is very subtle, looking beige until the light hits it just right and you realise it’s golden.

Gold sea glass 2

I had some gorgeous thick soft variegated silk thread in exactly the right tones which I couched down around the nuggets of glass.

Gold sea glass 3

Gold sea glass 4

Next, layers of feather stitch in the Caron thread I’ve been using a lot recently for my rusted pieces.

Gold sea glass 5

Gold sea glass 6

And finally, I’ve started the beading. Random seed beads in shades of brown, gold and orange with highlights of green.

Gold sea glass 7

Gold sea glass 8

Gold sea glass 9


I’m hoping I can get the last of the beading finished this week.

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