Druid banner – completed piece

And here it is: That should give you a better idea of the scale, too – it’s quite large! It’s been a pleasure to work on – I’ve enjoyed every moment of it.  I think it’s turned out quite well.  I hope you do too!

Druid banner – lettering: outlining An Tigh Geata

The very last lap for the banner embroidery – the outlining of the final lettering. Using the same thread as for the outlining of ‘OBOD’ – it’s green all round the circle this time, not half blue and half green as for the spirals – here’s ‘An’: ‘An Tigh’: ‘An Tigh Geata’: And that’s it!…

Druid banner – lettering: An Tigh Geata

I’m getting very close to the end of the project now, with the addition of the lettering around the top of the design.  As before, I transferred the design to the front of the fabric by stitching over the transfer on the back with small running stitches: (You can just see it if you try!)…

Druid banner – lettering

The only work left to do on the banner now is lettering around the edge.  Above the circular design are the Gaelic words ‘An Tigh Geata’, which means ‘The Joyous Gatehouse’.  Below it is ‘OBOD’, the acronym of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, who have commissioned the banner, and in between are a…

100% silk velvet: the results

A quick update on the kitchen: it’s coming along well and is on schedule, though the mess is still indescribable.  The messy, building phase should be finished at the end of this week, happily, though there’s still a fair amount of work to do after that. But back to silk velvet.  So far, I have…

Sorry for the silence…

… but I’ve got the builders in. Keeping the house more or less clean is enough of a challenge right now without risking any embroidery, so I’m not going to have much to report for a few weeks.  I’ll post if and when I can, and look forward to having a lovely new kitchen!

Lindisfarne Beasts: half a dog

Time to start stitching the gold outline for the beasts themselves, starting with the dog. As before, this is in the Gutermann metal thread, worked in chain stitch.  First, a back leg: And his tail: And the rest of his back end: The other half of a dog next.

Gold disc

No, I don’t have a successful pop career I’ve been keeping from you, this is the ‘unnamed goldwork project’ I mentioned in my last post. I wanted something straightforward to stitch next to a display on St Cuthbert’s Banner at the recent Embroiderers’ Guild Sunderland Branch afternoon tea, so I used an off-cut of the…

An uninformative post

I’m afraid that this is going to be a round-up of things that aren’t happening, or are but I can’t say much about them, but at least you’ll know that I’m still here. So, here we go: Nautilus I and the ‘Show your hand’ exhibition – this was held over the weekend, but I haven’t…

Show your hand

I’m happy to tell your that Nautilus I will be featured in the ‘Show your hand’ exhibition, part of the COAST Festival held by the Banff and Buchan Arts Forum. ‘Show your hand’ focuses on traditional craft skills – their place in the modern world and how much we as a society would lose were they to be…