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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Posted in Jewellery, Upcycling, tagged beaded fly stitch leaves, beading, bracelet, etsy, etsy shop, jewellery, needlefelt, repurposing, theatre, upcycling, woven spiders' web stitch on 18/10/2015|
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Theatre has rather taken the place of embroidery for the last couple of weeks and apart from a few more patches of french knots on the encrusted piece, nothing much else has happened until this weekend when I was inspired by a new batch of broken jewellery to make something to add to my Etsy shop.
The starting point was a pink and gold diamanté bracelet. The catch was sound but the middle section of the bracelet was broken and quite a lot of the diamantés were missing from the strap section. I removed the broken bit and once I’d reset the spare diamantés from the broken section into the gaps in the strap, I had this:
For the middle section I decided to needlefelt over a slim metal hoop which had been an old earring drop with some leaf green roving and then to define the edge I added a fringe of green, gold and pink seed and bugle beads.
Putting it in place to gauge the effect.
Now for the hard bit, working out what to add to the front of the needlefelted circle. This was my first try – a beaded stem and beaded fly stitch leaves with woven spiders’ web flowers.
it was late last night and I was taking against the embroidered flowers so I decided to go to bed and sleep on it. I liked them no better in the morning so went looking for some flower beads with which to replace them. All the flower beads were too bulky but I did find some vintage gold tone bead caps which with seed bead centres worked much better.
Then all that needed to be done was to use jump rings to connect the central corsage piece with the straps.
And one sad and sorry bracelet restored…
…and in my etsy shop waiting for a new owner.
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I was looking at my archives, wondering what I’d been creating at Christmas in previous years when I came upon this from December 2011:
I’d had numerous problems with it from the start and once Christmas was over, it ended up languishing in a box. Until I found it in my archive that is. And now it looks like this:
Snowflakes on red velvet in a mixture of french knots, star stitches and woven spiders’ web stitch.
Snowflakes on green velvet ditto, surrounding an odd crocheted snowflake in vintage white perle.
A quick wreath finished with a bow created from…
…a circle of feather stitch in dark green silk thread with another in light green silk stitched directly over the top and dark red silk french knot berries.
It’s coming together, hopefully for a Christmas card, and I’m enjoying it again.
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Another advantage of being away is that I get loads of embroidery done, including the detail work on two more of the crazy patchwork pieces I hope to turn into brooches for the fair in July.
…has become this: with couched cord, a chenille woven spiders’ web, laced herringbone and a sprinkling of lazy daisies.
…is now looking like this: couched silk at the top, threaded chain stitch in the middle and three turquoise dyed coconut disc beads at the bottom surrounded by french knots and lazy daisy stitches in variegated metallic thread.
Just the finishing left to do…
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…has become this:
Lazy daisy flowers in hand dyed stranded silk with variegated metallic Madeira thread french knot centres.
French knot clusters in stranded silk and the metallic Madeira.
A flower swag with woven spiders webs, french knot buds, stem stitch stems and scattered lazy daisy stitches for the leaves all in stranded silk.
A goldtone dragonfly charm with running stitch in metallic Madeira.
Nothing too challenging, experimental or different, but sometimes it’s nice just to trot out the old favourites and not have to think too hard.
Just a reminder that the first anniversary of my blog is on the 2nd of May (Wednesday) and I will be having a giveaway to celebrate.
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