I knew it was a while since I started this piece, but was stunned to check back through my archive and find it was 2012! We were doing a redwork workshop at Embroiderers’ Guild, stitching cups, plates, teapots etc. in various stitches with red threads. I’m not the biggest fan of red, so don’t have a lot of red threads and also, crockery to me always means blue and white, so I went off piste a bit and started to stitch this bowl.
It’s a big piece for me and shortly after I took this photo, something else became more pressing and it lapsed. As the huge french knot piece is currently still in abeyance, I wanted something slightly more long term to stitch and the bluework fitted the bill. I’ve not done an awful lot more, but I have finished the leaves on the ribbon rose section, which are two lazy daisy stitches nested inside each other.
I even managed to find a close match for the thread – there was no chance that after 4+ years I was going to remember what I’d originally used!!
My plan was that each section of the bowl would be filled with a different flower design, using different techniques and styles, so several happy hours have been spent on Pinterest gathering inspiration and I’m looking forward to getting going with it again.
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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 on 12/02/2017|
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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!
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Posted in Jewellery, Ribbon Embroidery, Scunthorpe Embroiderers' Guild Meetings, Upcycling, tagged cross stitch, decoration, fly stitch leaves, french knots, lazy daisy stitch, matryoshka, ribbon embroidery, ribbon roses, rose, Scunthorpe Embroiderers' Guild, split stitch, stem stitch, woven spiders' web stitch on 01/12/2016|
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Saturday sort of got away from me. I knew I wasn’t going to make the morning session of our Embroiderers’ Guild meeting but I had high hopes of making the afternoon. That was a mistake. I finally walked through the door at about 3pm and by the time I’d caught my breath, looked round at all the various boards, tables and displays and sorted my travelling book there was only enough time for chatting (always good, though) and putting literally a handful of stitches in one of the activities that our new chair, Ruth, had organised for us.
Pauline had finished her bookmark and was happy to let me photograph it.
Another group was stitching heart shaped decorations. This one is Julie’s:
Debbie and Janet pulled together their matryoshka with the examples Ruth had already stitched for me to photograph.
There was also another flower shaped decoration or similar but I didn’t manage to find any worked examples of that. It looked like a nice selection of fun things to stitch and even though I only had an hour, it was lovely to relax with some straightforward stitching and good company.
I’ve also been making some more ribbon roses to turn into pendants. This one has fly stitch leaves, stem stitch stems and lazy daisy sepals in variegated coton a broder with a woven spider’s web rose and french knot buds in pale blue silk ribbon.
And this one has fly stitch leaves, split stitch stems and lazy daisy sepals in variegated perle with a woven spider’s web rose and french knot buds in crimson silk ribbon.
A weekend of nice quick little projects.
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Next to be added was the large lace motif on the left in a rich deep red…
…which I stitched down with a variety of decorative stitches in contrasting green and complementary red.
Then a gold chain stitch spiral to match the paisleys already on this piece of sari fabric and fill in the middle space.
Next ribbon roses in an unusual tubular thread (Caron I think) with fly stitch leaves.
I decided to ring the changes and give the next spotty bird stars on his spots.
And with a start made on the spotty bird at the bottom, I felt it was going well.
Only three blocks to finish and I’d already made a start on the experimental beaded fly stitch leaves for one of them so I was feeling really positive. Parting with this one was going to be probably the hardest of the lot!
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Posted in Beading, Jewellery, Ribbon Embroidery, Upcycling, tagged 20% off, brooch, etsy, Etsy coupon, eyelets, feather stitch, french knots, repurposing, ribbon roses, ring, silk, upcycling on 28/11/2014|
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Thank you all for your comments on the green quartz vintage necklace. I was leaning towards number 4 myself, so it’s good to know that other people liked that one too. In the meantime I’ve been playing with some more upcycling. First, a vintage brass ring which was just crying out for some embroidery in the centre.
I measured the centre of the bezel, drew an appropriate sized circle on vilene and filled it with a mixture of eyelets and French knots in a variegated blue and copper coloured cotton thread.
I cut it out, stabilised the back with Modge Podge and prepared to add it to the ring. It was too big. By some way. Back to the drawing board. This time I changed my mind as to the colour. The copper didn’t work with the soft gold of the ring, so I went for an old gold and dusty crimson variegated thread. (And I measured the circle more carefully this time…) In progress…
…and finished and mounted in the ring. I’m so pleased with the colour this time. I’ve called it Desert Rose and put it into my Etsy shop here.
Then I found a vintage brooch with turquoise/blue rhinestones around the edge but its central stone missing. I ran up a blue silk ribbon rose inside a wreath of feather stitch on some hand dyed silk dupion and mounted it over a dome of vilene to replace the centre.
That can be found here.
And finally I took the sad and sorry remains of a vintage brass and glass bead necklace apart and put it back together with some vintage copper/turquoise faux pearls, modern glass beads – turquoise rondelles and tiger striped ovals…
…hand made glass beads with amber nodules on the surface…
…and a fabulous hand made green/turquoise glass focal bead I’d been saving for such an occasion…
…to create this:
Which is also in my Etsy shop here.
To celebrate my little burst of creativity and the run up to Christmas, (and hopefully encourage some buyers!) I’ve created a discount code.
If you enter TOPAZ1 at the checkout from now until the 20th of December 2014 then you can get 20% off any item – vintage, upcycled or handmade jewellery – from my Etsy shop.
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I’ve also been working a bit more on my not very red ‘redwork’ piece that I started round about here.
Last time I left it at this point:
And now it looks like this:
I’m adding the cherry blossom slowly, mainly because all those french knots gets a bit wearing after a while.
And while looking for something else (as is always the way…) I found a selection of silk ribbons in the most perfect shades of blue for creating a riot of damask roses.
Stem stitch stems, ribbon french knot buds with lazy daisy stitch sepals and two lazy daisy stitches, one inside the other, to form the leaves.
It’s a lovely pick it up and put it down project to keep going in between other things.
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Happy First Anniversary to my blog!
I started it exactly a year ago, on May Bank Holiday Monday, and it’s become a far more useful, interesting and important part of my life than I could ever have guessed.
I get so much out of the blogging world that it’s impossible to know where to start listing all the delights and pleasures it gives me, but the biggest benefit is that it motivates me to keep sewing; to push through the times when I’d rather give up on a project because there’s now (rather to my amazement!) an audience for what I do.
So as a thank you to all the bloggers, lurkers and other visitors worldwide who end up here, I’m hosting my first ever give away with three things to be given away. In order to enter, just leave a comment. Anything will do – even Hi! – and I’m happy to post worldwide.
The first name to be drawn out will be sent my rusted piece ‘Along The Turquoise Path’ which I blogged about here. It’s a piece of rusted calico embroidered with variegated metallic thread, embellished with rusted washers and graduated turquoise chips and mounted on a 7″ by 5″ canvas.
The second name drawn will get my final ribbon roses piece which I blogged about here. It’s laced over stout mount board and is a dainty 4.5″ by 3″ and doesn’t include the easel, I’m afraid.
The third name to be drawn will receive a taster selection of my naturally dyed fabrics and trims, including red cabbage, avocado and eucalyptus dyed fabric pieces.
Leave your comment before the 8th of May and the winners will be drawn by my small helper on the 9th.
Don’t forget to check back to see if you’ve been lucky!
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