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I love paisley shapes – one of my favourite parts of my North Cornwall Wallhanging is this little paisley design:

North CVornwall wallhanging paisley design

So after the first failed attempt to attach a reticulate brass disc with shisha stitch I decided to embroider a paisley design with the disc at its centre. I used a design I’d found on the internet that I liked and because the sapphire coloured silk I was using was too dark for me to mark the design onto it, I stitched three elements straight through the paper: a yellow silk split stitch inner shape, running stitch (to whip later) in the middle and yellow silk french knots round the outside.

Paisley brooch 1

The stitches were close enough to have perforated the paper really densely so it was very easy to remove and I could begin to fill in the gaps. with more french knots…

Paisley brooch 2

…chain stitch…

Paisley brooch 3

Paisley brooch 4

…and feather stitch.

Paisley brooch 5

I tried the disc in place but with everything else following the paisley shape, it looked wrong, so I cut a piece of reticulated brass to match the central shape.

Paisley brooch 6

Laid in place to get an idea of the finished piece.

Paisley brooch 7

Just some french knots to add, the brass to attach and the finishing to do.

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As the brass piece of this only has two proper corners, curve stitching wasn’t working for attaching it to the silk and I really didn’t like the odd long stitches on the mountain side of the river, so I took all that out and started with the river.

Eregion pendant 1

Whipped running stitch and french knots in a single strand of Gloriana silk and then the ends left long and loose.

Eregion pendant 2

Under the brass it gives the rippled, watery texture I wanted.

Eregion pendant 3

The more layered whipped stitches and french knots in a paler purply blue silk.

Eregion pendant 4

Then touches of white silk and a very thin snowflake-coloured blending filament.

Eregion pendant 5

Last of all, I teased out all the long loose ends into the fine fibres to tumble over the fringed silk at the bottom.

Eregion pendant 6

Like a waterfall. Along with the encrusted brass/embroidery this also needs a bale to  finish it off.

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