Spiral Abstract V

This is the final one of the set of five Spiral Abstract pieces; I intend doing another related set of five, but they’re going to have to wait as I’m about to start a really exciting new project instead.  More on that in future posts! Back to today’s though.  As with the others, it’s silver…

Spiral Abstract IV

This is all going better than expected!  I’ve now finished the fourth one in the series, though it does have rather less stitching in it than the others. Here’s the design, as a transfer on the lining fabric on the back: Then overstitched with running stitches to transfer it to the front: And then stitched…

Spiral Abstract III

Onto the third piece in the series.  Everything is the same as before other than the design, so without further ado, here it is: Tacked through to the front of the fabric: And stitched: Finished!

Spiral Abstract II

The second in the series – the same size, fabrics, thread and techniques as before.  The transfer ironed onto the back of the lining linen: And then after running stitches have been used to go over the design to transfer it to the front: It shouldn’t take too long to stitch.

Spiral series – Spiral Abstract I

Apologies (again) for the silence – I’ve been busy, but I’m afraid on stuff I can’t discuss as I don’t have the clients’ permission.  That all sounds very mysterious and dramatic, but it isn’t really! No difficulties in talking about my next project, though: I want to put together a small exhibition of work.  I…

St Cuthbert’s Flowers

I’ve been commissioned to make a panel featuring a small posy of flowers from St Cuthbert’s Banner.  The client has asked for three wood avens and their leaves, to be made in the same materials and techniques as the Banner itself. So, here I’ve made a transfer of the flowers and leaves, and ironed it…

Lindisfarne Stones: goldwork felt pieces

Well done anyone who guessed that I would be making this in goldwork! I’ll be covering the entire design in gold, with the grid pattern picked out in red.  I’ll be using imitation Japanese gold thread no. 8, couched down with coloured thread. First things first, though – I need to get the design onto…

Lindisfarne Beasts: marked up and gold

Last time, I’d got half of the design traced on my improvised light box.  I’ve now got it all traced: and then the fabric stretched onto a frame: Time to start the embroidery! You’re not going to be too surprised to hear that gold is going to feature here.  All the outlines are going to…

Lindisfarne Beasts

Next year, the Lindisfarne Gospels are coming back North.  From July to September 2013, the Gospels will leave the British Library and be on display at Durham Cathedral. The Gospels, one of the great treasures of Anglo-Saxon art, are reflected in several of the Cathedral’s textiles, and in the lead-up to the Gospels’ arrival the…

White Horse: starting off

Having covered transferring a design so recently with ‘Earth mini’ I won’t go over it again, as I did exactly the same: made a transfer by tracing the design with a transfer pencil, ironed it onto some cotton lawn, then used this to line the surface fabric. Once that was done, as before I stitched…