‘Teamwork’ bees: finished

The ‘Teamwork’ panel of embroidered and appliquéd bees has now been stretched onto some mount board and is ready to show off.  So here it is! And a close up: Back to the beading next, I think.

‘Teamwork’ bees: appliqué wings and honeycomb

The bees’ bodies have been completed but don’t look right at all without their wings, but that’s about to change, with the addition of some appliqué. Using little running stitches worked from the back, where the full design is marked up onto lining fabric, I transferred the wing outlines to the front, background, fabric. I want – Read the full article…

Nasturtium roundel – finished

The final step, with the embroidery finished, is to cut it out and apply it to a background. As usual now, I painted the back with dilute PVA glue, and after leaving it overnight to dry thoroughly, cut it out – very carefully. I’m using an ivory velvet for the background; here’s the embroidery cut out – Read the full article…

Oak leaves – background and finishing

I’ve tried something a little different this time, and I’m happy to say that it’s worked out nicely. First things first, though, and the usual drill of painting the back of the embroidery with diluted PVA glue and cutting it out: Now for the background: some green cotton velvet, but applied to that a disc – Read the full article…

Hints and tips articles: appliqué

Elsewhere on the site are a series of hints and tips articles, giving instructions on how to do some of the embroidery techniques I use in my work. When revising the content of my website for the development of this new version, I was horrified to discover that I hadn’t provided photos of each stage – Read the full article…

Shaded snowdrop – cutting out and making up

Having painted the pack of the finished embroidery with diluted PVA glue and left it overnight to dry, I cut out the snowdrop: I’m getting used to dealing with the fiddly shape by now! This time, I’m applying it to a green velvet background, for a complete contrast with the previous snowdrops.  I used one – Read the full article…