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…

Red bat – design and preparation

A new project to work on!  This is quite a small piece, and shouldn’t take too long to do, I don’t think.  The person it’s for has asked for an outline of a bat against a patterned background.  This is on a black fabric, and worked in red metallic thread.  She’s also specified a size:…

Apple tree fire screen – getting the background ready

Although the embroidery was done onto organza, that’s not the final fabric for the finished piece, which is an ivory cotton velvet.  With all the embroidery completed, it’s time to get that ready. I’m going to be applying the embroidery to the velvet background, so in order to make sure I get it on straight,…

Apple Tree fire screen – painting

The next stage in the process is definitely new for me: painting the fabric. I used diluted acrylic paints, and very carefully painted in the stems in gold: (the forest of map pins are to stop the fabric shifting as I worked) Then the leaves in green: And finally the apples in red: The colours…

Apple Tree fire screen – the design

I’m going to make a fire screen based on the ‘apple tree’ design on my late 19th century wardrobe, which to remind you, looks like this: I also mentioned last time that I’m intending to try a slightly different technique.  If any of you are fans of Game of Thrones (I am!) you’ll have seen…

Why I use running stitches to transfer designs

I’ve mentioned often in the past that I use small running stitches over a design marked up on the back of a piece to transfer it to the front.  This sounds like – and is – a lot of work: I have to mark the design onto the back somehow (an iron-on transfer on lining…

Druid banner – blue spirals on the appliqué trilithon

Lots of progress to show you today! The white appliqué trilithon looks very stark on its own, but it’s not staying like that.  I want to integrate it into the overall design by continuing the spiral pattern over the top of it. As ever, the first step is to go over the design on the…

Druid banner – getting the design onto the front

Last time, I’d mounted the fabric to be stitched onto an embroidery frame, complete with a back-to-front ironed-on transfer of the design on the back: That’s all very well, but I need the design on the front, in order to stitch it.  Now what? To get the design from the back of the fabric onto…

Druid banner – transferring the design and getting set up

So, I have a transfer of the design. Now what? I’ll get onto the fabric for the front of the banner in a moment, but right now you need to know that it’s going to be lined with a fine linen.  This won’t be seen, but acts to support and strengthen the top fabric.  It…

Druid banner – making a transfer

Last time, I told you about my new project, and showed you my design, and now I’m making a start. Regular readers will have seen the process of transferring a design to fabric and getting this set up before, but in case there are any new readers following this project, I’ll cover the process in…