Druid banner – side spirals in green

Happy New Year, everyone! With the top half of the spiral background completed, it’s time to start on the bottom half.  The top half was blue for the sky, and this is going to be green for the earth.  I’m using a Benton & Johnson metallic passing thread again, this time in Elphin Green, couched…

Druid banner – final blue spirals

Sorry for the long gap between posts, but it’s a busy time of year!  I’ve been having a lovely few days off with family, and I hope you are all enjoying whatever holiday you celebrate, or just life in general. The central section is the last to be worked in the light blue.  As with…

Druid banner – top spirals

Just a quick catch-up today.  Having completed the spirals down the side, I did the ones along the top. And here they are: All work so far: The central section will be the last for this stage, with the light blue.  That’s next!

Druid banner – couching the spirals on the sides

Now I’ve started stitching, it’s just a case of continuing with the couching and following the lines of the design.  To recap, the first section I’m doing is the spirals on the top half of the circle outside of the trilithon, in a couched variegated light blue metallic thread.  The trilithon breaks the design up…

Druid banner – threads and couching

Time to start actual embroidery! Now the design, or the part of it I’m starting with, anyway, is transferred to the front, I can embroider over the top of it.  I’m using Benton & Johnson coloured metallic threads, and for this section I’m using Marine Blue, which is a lovely variegated one.  I’m couching it…

St Cuthbert’s Flowers: everything else

Apologies for not having posted anything in ages, but I’m back now.  Even if I wasn’t blogging I was sewing, and have finished the St Cuthbert’s Flowers panel.  As I’ve kept you waiting far too long already I won’t drag it out any further – this post will cover the rest of the project to…

Lindisfarne Stones: the finished piece

I only just got Lindisfarne Stones finished in time, and it’s now been handed over for the exhibition in Durham Cathedral, but I took a few photos of it before it went. Next to the gold, the pale carved stone looks almost luminous: And the gold stitching sparkles in the light: I’m very much looking…

Lindisfarne Stones: assembly

With all the stitched sections finished, it’s time to put it all together. I cut pieces of mount board, to form the ‘box’: The top of the box needs to have a hole cut in it to frame the carved stone; to do this, I first traced the shape and stuck it to one of…

Lindisfarne Stones: a note on the design

Before I get onto the assembly of the final piece, I wanted to point something out about the design.  It is of course a grid pattern, based on one used in the Lindisfarne Gospels and on contemporary stone crosses.  On the top of the piece, I did my best to keep this as accurate as…

Lindisfarne Stones: pointy bits

Just the last little bits of sewing to do on it now, with the various pointy bits that were left behind to finish off. First (and with apologies for the rather murky photos throughout), the bits on the left: And then on the right: And finally the section between the dogs’ faces: Then neatened up,…