Sunday, 24 June 2012

Twitter logo . . .

Petit point

my Twitter bird 
This design was taken from Les oiseaus de Marie-Thérèse Saint-Aubin. Marie-Thérèse's designs are so beautifully minimal and refined, that I decided to work my bird in Petit point, using silk threads I have acquired, on an old piece of fine open weave canvas, in the Twitter colours!
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Sunday, 17 June 2012

The Finished Gloves

loved doing these
My finished gloves from a one day workshop with Mandy Pattullo - now complete, but not-mounted.  I may mount them onto fabric separately, then onto board.  So far, I am just pleased I completed something so quickly.  So great to create!

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Another glove . . .

my second glove, which includes . . .

bits and . . .

This is my second glove I worked on during the Mandy Pattullo workshop back in April.  It includes applied net, sequins, buttons, and various acquired bits!  I worked on a glove shaped template, which was coloured vilene - it was already coloured pink by Mandy.  I worked with a theme of red, black and pink, with a splash of dark deep green, as I was looking for a hot colour theme vaguely based on mediterranean/latin/spanish colours, and in complete contrast to my other glove.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Royal Crown - preliminary drawings

St Edwards crown - my version
St Edwards crown - my version - detail
This is a first preliminary pencil sketch drawing for a piece of embroidered art work for an exhibition based on a design influenced by St Edwards Royal crown.

Glove part II . . .

assembling the glove
petit point
This small project for me, was a real exercise in spontaneity, working with mixed media and thinking on my feet to see how different parts or elements of the design form together in a glove template shape.  I still have finishing touches to make, but it has been a very quick project, working with three main colours, including a soft grey, pink and off white, and simple stitches, but hopefully perfectly placed.  I was looking for the vintage aged look, and I selected threads fabrics, materials and bits which represented this, some of which comes from Mandy's stash which she very kindly let us use.

The border patterns came from a danish stitch book which I have acquired from somewhere - 'Book of Danish Stitchery' Danish Handicraft Guild, Designed by Gerda Bengtsson 

Monday, 4 June 2012

Crewel work

samples from crewel work book
ISBN 9780956638809
Self published book on crewel work embroidery showing designs, stitch techniques, using two-ply worsted wool yarn known as crewel wool, on linen twill fabric.

The book, which is mainly picture based, details how stitches such as seeding, French and Bullion knots, and trellis work can be used in pattern and design.

Retail price is £29.99 plus p&p.  For further information and purchase, please contact