Posts Tagged ‘eyelets’

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.

Fire pendant 1

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.

Fire pendant 2

Fire pendant 3

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

Fire pendant 3

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

Fire pendant 5

Fire pendant 6

Fire pendant 7

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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These have both been underway for a while but have taken rather longer to finish than I hoped as neither of them quite was going the way I wanted. However, now they feel right.

First, the eyelets block. I started it off with the eyelets embedded in french knots,

Eyelets block 1

but that was too busy and I felt the eyelet shapes were obscured, so I took all the knots out and left it as just eyelets. I covered the surface, avoiding the rust patches and it ended up like this:

Eyelets block 2

Which was better, but still, somehow, not right. It felt unfinished. So I decided to close the gaps with more eyelets in various sizes and shapes and use half eyelets around the edges.

Eyelets block 3

Eyelets block 4

It feels finished now, somehow and more coherent.

The other block came from some beads I found which, as you can see from the photo, were shaped like spools.  I wanted to do something taking advantage of that, both stitching the beads down and winding thread between them.

Spools block 1

I started off scattering the beads randomly over the fabric and then lacing between them with variegated metallic Madeira thread.

Spools block 2

I liked the crisscross lacing, but the thread was a little too thin and the long lines too loopy and then when I got round to the rest of the spools, it was just too random. So I finished lacing it anyway but by then found that the long threads weren’t stable, so then I had to think of a way of holding the threads securely and came up with french knots in turquoise silk.

Spools block 3

Some are stitched actually over the long threads and then I clumped some round the beads.

Spools block 4

I hated it. There was only one thing to do so I did it, and if you’ve ever had to unpick literally dozens of french knots… By the time I’d finished I had a clean slate and knew it was the right decision.

Take Two.

Spools block 5

Organised regular pattern of beads and turquoise silk lacing. Slightly more random and irregular straight stitches on the beads.

Spools block 6

It’s not my favourite of all the blocks but it’s much better than the way it was. And now I have nine finished and another one underway!

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I knew exactly what I wanted to do with the hole I took so long to melt in the brass.

Melted hole in brass

I chose some green cotton, hooped it up and drew round the inside perimeter of the hole. Then I filled that space with an encrusted mass of french knots, bullions knots and eyelets in a variety of different shades of green, accented with some variegated silk thread in magenta to pick up the oxidisation on the surface of the brass.

Encrusted brooch 1

With the brass in place on top.

Encrusted brooch 2

Encrusted brooch 3

Encrusted brooch 4

Encrusted brooch 5

I laced the rectangle over two pieces of pelmet vilene and then put together a backing of a piece of semi sheer real metal fabric with a green warp over some hand dyed green cotton. The metal threads gave it enough stiffness to stand up itself behind the embroidery and brass panel.

Encrusted brooch 6

I’m hoping this will be finished as a pendant, with a brass tube enclosing the top edge. I really like this combination of encrusted stitches and the crumpled, melted brass.

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I was delighted to be the winner of Penny’s Valentine’s Day giveaway for one of her wonderful art dolls and a couple of days ago Valentine arrived, beautifully wrapped and snug in his box.

He’s taken up residence on the top shelf of my reference bookcase which sits next to the computer and holds all my most used reference books, ceramics and other treasured items, where he can keep an eye on the comings and goings of the household.


He’s a joy. Thanks so much once again, Penny.

I’ve been working on one or two things that aren’t coming together quite as I envisaged so it’s been slow progress as I feel my way through. The first is another one of the fused angelina shapes that I ironed over a rubber stamp. It started off like this:

Angelina flower 1

I added back stitch around the edge in very fine dark purple silk thread…

Angelina flower 2

…and then whipped the back stitch with a metallic purple and green thread.

Angelina flower 3

I’m going to fill the middle with beads or possibly something like gold chip work.

Then there’s the next rusting block. I’d got as far as this, with eyelets in a variegated cotton thread and french knots in stranded silk:

Eyelets block 1 

And then I’d stopped, which usually means that my sub-conscious knows it isn’t right somehow. When I picked it up again, I decided to put in all the eyelets first…

Eyelets block 2

…and at that point realised that what I wasn’t happy about was the way the eyelets and french knots obscured each other. Far too messy. The small patches of french knots were removed and it’s definitely better.

Eyelets block 3

As with the angelina flower, I’m not 100% satisfied, but it’s getting there.

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Our February Embroiderers’ Guild meeting was an in-house workshop on sashiko. It’s been a while since I did any sashiko stitching, I was looking forward to it and I wasn’t disappointed. There was plenty of support in the form of loads of sashiko patterns and templates to copy/adapt and crib sheets showing how to stitch the designs corectly.

We started with a 4.5″ square and then had free rein on the design to use in the middle. I wanted a design I hadn’t stitched before but as I hadn’t brought a ruler or compass with me, I needed something I could draw or construct freehand. This fan shape was one element of a larger pattern based on diamonds but I could see it sitting  nicely inside my square.

Sashiko fan 1

It was easy to draw out and the straightforward lines also meant that I actually finished in the time allowed!

Sashiko fan 2

I was pleased not only with the design but that I also managed to use some indigo dyed fabric of my own without having to buy any more, which was an added bonus! Many thanks to our chair, Penny, for organising it.

I’ve also been knitting, both for myself, using up some lovely hand dyed wool I bought ages ago and teaching my youngest. She’s doing really well although the stitches are so tight on the needles that they squeak! So as a result I haven’t done much more than start the next block for the rusting fragments quilt. This one is eyelets and french knots.

Rusting - eyelets and french knots

A mix of hand dyed variegated cotton from Caron and Stef Francis single strand silk. Just doodling around the rusty patches.

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When I taught the embroidered rocks before Christmas I did one example (a black and grey one) for the Y6s who were already fairly competent embroiderers and a separate example for the Y5s who weren’t.

For the Y5s I focussed initially on couching as it’s fairly straightforward and makes up quickly, but many of the children were eager to develop their stitch repertoires and I also demonstrated eyelets and french knots for them on my example piece.

I based my colour scheme around a piece of roving that was quickly to hand during the lesson, and as it’s not my favourite colour combination, it’s been relegated to my handbag kit, for setting a few stitches when out and about. But I’m about to start a birthday card for my youngest and I need this hoop, so at last, an incentive to finish it!

I showed the children different ideas for couching their thicker threads.

They loved the encrusted effect of masses french knots. I used double and single ones to vary the texture.

And I really like the smoother texture of the eyelets.

The rock I need to cover is at school and it’s the Easter break at the moment, so this can go away for a while.

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