Plantagenet Wreath – outlining the stems

Annoyingly, I forgot to take a photo of the fabric off the paper it had been on when it was painted and put onto a frame ready to start, so we’ll just have to skip that bit and go straight to it with some stitching on. I’m not going to be doing much in the…

Silver snowdrop sample – Italian tubular mesh wire ribbon

As I mentioned before, the point of this sample is to try something using the Italian tubular mesh wire ribbon (henceforth referred to as ‘mesh’ as it’s a lot easier). Here’s the design on the fabric, stretched on a frame: The design is clearly far too fiddly to try and apply the mesh to it,…

Acanthus leaf sample – colours and outlining

With the design transferred and painted, I put it on a frame ready to stitch: (sorry about the rather harsh lighting in that photo – I’m not sure what happened there). I’m using three shades of Madeira stranded cotton: nos. 1908, 1910 and 1912. As the palest shade, 1908, will be the most used of…

‘Jungle Book’ slip case – the base of the building

Time for some goldwork.  For the building motif that forms a frame for the main design in the centre, I’m couching imitation Japanese gold thread no. 8, using bright colours for the couching thread. Starting at the bottom, I’m using a nice bright blue – Madeira stranded cotton no. 1102 – for the couching: Here’s…

Red bat – threads and the bat

With the bat design on the back of the fabric, I can start to stitch over it to mark it up on the front.  It’s going to be in red, so I used a red sewing thread to stitch over the bat outline (and only the bat outline at this stage), so that I can…

Apple Tree fire screen – starting to stitch

With the design painted onto the organza, I can start to stitch over it, starting with the apples. As you probably guessed from the paint, these are to be a nice bright red, and I’m going to be using three shades of Madeira stranded cotton, 0211, 0214 and 0305: I used the darkest shade, 0211,…

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…

Spiral Abstract I – going well

Early days yet, but my exhibition project is going well so far! Last time, I’d ironed on a transfer of the design of the first (of five) abstract Celtic spiral designs onto the linen used to line the surface fabric.  This, I can now reveal, is black silk matka, the same fabric I used for…

Gutermann metallic threads

Firstly, apologies for not having posted in ages – I’ve had a few non-embroidery things to do recently, so poor Lindisfarne Beasts has been rather neglected.  All being well I should be able to get back on with it now. Following my last post, I had a query about the thread I use – why don’t…

White Horse: a touch of colour

With all the gold outline done, it’s time to start adding the colour. As with Earth mini, the knotwork is to be in Madeira stranded cotton 1406, worked in split stitch.  As with the gold outline, I worked the separate part of the knot, the one with the leaves and stalks on it, first: The colours…