Lindisfarne Beasts: the rest of the dog – and finished!

All the stitching is now finished! There was just the dog’s back end to go.  The second half of his body and one leg: Then his second back leg, plus filling all the dog’s and birds’ claws in gold: Finished! Well, finished the sewing, anyway – there’s still a little bit of work to do…

Lindisfarne Beasts: the inner dog

Just the inner section of the dog to do now, and I’ve completed his front end.  I felt that yet another bright colour would be a bit much, so I’ve gone for a pale yellow, Madeira 0102. First his front leg: And then the rest of his front half: On its own, that shade looks…

Lindisfarne Beasts: dog outline

Back to the sewing today, after my excursion into screen printing. With the birds finished, it’s time to start adding the colour to the dog.  I want another bright colour, but different to the ones I’ve already used, so this time, for the outline, I’m going for a bright emerald green, Madeira 1301. Here’s the…

Lindisfarne Beasts: birds’ necks, bodies and legs

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all have lots of successful stitching awaiting you in 2013. My current project is coming along, despite the festivities. and the birds are now finished. The neck of the first bird: His body: And legs: All are done in Madeira stranded cotton 0105. And the same for the…

Lindisfarne Beasts: bird outline and tail

Happy holidays!  I hope you have a joyful and peaceful time, however and wherever you celebrate. Just a quick update before I get back to my own preparations. Adding the colour to the birds is coming along nicely. I’ve done the outline strip, in Madeira 0511, for one bird: Then his tail, in the same…

Lindisfarne Beasts: colouring in

Time to start adding some colour!  I want this to be quite bright and colourful, which before anyone points it out is quite anachronistic for the period, as bright pigments weren’t available then.  My excuse is that this is my interpretation, not a scrupulous historical recreation. So with that out of the way, I can…

Lindisfarne Beasts: second bird – and all the gold

Things are coming along well, and I’ve now finished all of the gold outlining (inner and outer lines) for the second bird. Outer neck and head: Leg and foot: Body: and tail: Then the same again for the inner line.  First the neck and head: The leg and foot (which looks even more squashed up…

Lindisfarne Beasts: first bird outline

Adding the inner line for the bird gives it a lot more detail, though to start with it’s much the same as for the dog.  First we have its neck: The its leg and foot: This was a bit fiddly and looks rather cluttered at the moment, but it should (I hope!) become clearer when…

Lindisfarne Beasts: first bird outline

The birds are similar to the dog in that they also have inner and outer lines to be stitched, and in the same metallic gold chain stitch. Starting with the bird on the left, here’s its head and neck: Leg and foot: Body: Half its tail: And the other half: The inner line adds a…

Lindisfarne Beasts: all the dog

The dog is done, or at least his outline. First the inner line of his front leg: And then his neck: The first of the birds next.