|Thistle stitched in long and short with stranded cotton on silk dupion.|
Tuesday, 12 November 2013
This little thistle was part of a recent commission. It is in a slightly heraldic style with long and short leaves and flower head with extra straight stitches for all the spikes. All worked in stranded cotton. It looks shiny as the lengths are kept very short for working. Frustrating as you only do a few stitches of each colour but vital to keep a good sheen on the thread.
Thursday, 24 October 2013
Last month I celebrated 20 years of working at The Royal School. I still love embroidery now as much as I did when I started as an apprentice . Of all the techniques that I have learnt my favourite one is long and short silk shading. It is also the one that I was most apprehensive about and as a teacher it is also the one that I find students are most keen to master. All I can say is practise, practise, practise!!
|I was pleased with the leaves though, I tried to include blemishes in the leaves and picked some actual leaves to copy as I worked.|
Saturday, 25 May 2013
This little starfish I embroidered ages ago. I wanted it to really 'grab' surfaces so there is a really fine florists wire under the edges. The base is a machine embroidered sateen with velvet discs french knots and various surface stitches. The background is a beautiful Japanese paper that a student gave me as a gift.
Tuesday, 9 April 2013
Painting with the needle. This cat is embroidered in long and short stitch using a combination of Anchor and DMC stranded cottons on a dupion silk fabric. Traditionally this technique would be worked with silk but with the amount of colours I used the cost would have been huge.
Thursday, 4 April 2013
I am lucky enough to work at The Royal School of Needlework. I was one of the embroiderers who worked this beautiful crest. It looks like it has been worked in silk but actually it is stranded cotton, in long and short stitch.
|Got carried away with the bargello circles. They are so quick to do......as long as you don't miscount!!|
|A bargello needlepoint canvas button. This was stitched on 24tpi. canvas with Appleton crewel wool.|