‘Masquerade’ slip case

I haven’t had a chance to do much – or any, really – embroidery recently, so I’m terribly behind with where I’d intended to be with the Spirograph wall-hangings.  I’m going to start the next one soon, though, so look out for that! Before then, though, I thought I’d show you another application of the…

& cushion – appliqué

I’ve now done the appliqué for the & cushion too.  This used exactly the same technique as the @ cushion (and described in Part I and Part II), so I won’t go into detail here.  But without further ado, here it is: I think I like this one the better of the two – it’s a nicer…

@ cushion – the appliqué process part II

With the appliqué shape all ready, it was time to stitch it to the background fabric.  I first placed it on the marked-out outline of the shape, and put a few stitches in around the edge to keep it in place: With a simpler shape this may not be necessary, but with this one I felt it…

@ cushion – the appliqué process part I

The big project at work is going well but is taking up a lot of my time, so today is the first time in over a week that I’ve had a chance to do any sewing at all.  I’ve started the appliqué for the first of my character cushions, the @ cushion.  To recap, here’s the design…

The Turquoise Serpent is finished!

Here’s Xiuhcoatl, the Turquoise Serpent, in all his glory: To form the final panel, the completed embroidery needed to be stretched onto a piece of board. Depending on the size of the final item I might use mount board for this, but I felt this was just too large for that, so I used a…

Turquoise Serpent – the embroidery’s finished

Just a quick post to say that all the embroidery on the Turquoise Serpent is now finished. I’ve edged the body in two strands of couched Jap silver passing thread, to emphasise the coils; I could go for quite a distance without needing to finish off, so far fewer ends to deal with this time!…

Turquoise Serpent – silver infill

Firstly, an apology: posts have been very infrequent of late, and I’m sorry about that, and very grateful to those readers who keep coming back anyway. It’s much appreciated! With upheaval at work, a house full of decorators, and my birthday in there somewhere, I haven’t managed to get nearly as much sewing done as…

‘300’ slip case

The piece I’m working on at the moment is largely composed of appliquéd leather. I’ve used this technique quite a lot, usually alongside goldwork, but I’ve also used it with other techniques, including machine embroidery. This slip case was made to hold a first edition of the graphic novel 300, by Frank Miller. If you’ve…

Couched silver infill

I’m currently adding the silver infill between the appliquéd turquoise suede ‘mosaic’ pieces. This is couched silver thread, using a single silver passing thread, and worked as I described in my ‘Goldwork – basic couching‘ post. One big difference to the goldwork piece I described before is in the amount of starting and finishing there…

Turquoise Serpent – all the leather appliqué’s finished

I’ve finished applying all the leather ‘mosaic’ pieces to the Turquoise Serpent. And here he is: I’m quite pleased with how the leather appliqué has gone; I’m pleased with the variety of shapes, and I’m pleased with the overall feel of it. The photo doesn’t give any sense of the depth of the padding, which…