Category Archives: Embroidery

Whitework embroidery

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My Whitework embroidery is finally finished & handed in for assessment. My own design, from my research on traditional Scandinavian patterns. The design is a combination of pulled & drawn thread techniques.

All hemmed

Unfortunately, it became a lockdown casualty, being left cut & the hem started for over a year. I’m overall pleased with it.

My embroidery journey

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To celebrate world embroidery day I thought I would share my embroidery journey with the RSN ( Royal school of needlework).

Jacobean crewel work

I kicked off the journey with Jacobean, the biggest challenge was using 2 colour families & a contrast colour. I enjoyed the different stitches.

Canvas work

My second piece getting to grips with canvas stitches, I enjoyed working the sky, I had to get permission to use tiny beads to represent stars. The subject was a nod to my astronomy/physics background.

Basic gold work

Then on to gold, my first attempt at working with gold, looking forward to designing the advanced gold work ( perhaps next year?)

Basic silk shading

I did enjoy this one, but not the holes in my fingers, from the tiny size 12 embroidery needles ( I’m struggling with this for my advanced version, still a work in progress, I started before lockdown 1😔) the cyclamen was the final piece of the certificate.

Appliqué

My favourite piece so far, so many techniques. I needed nerves of steel to cut out those wings, but it was fun.

I’m still working through the diploma, the white work is complete except for the hem, I starting to work on my silk shading (Luna) just before the first lockdown (it’s been off & on for so long)& I started Blackwork during the second lock, because I couldn’t juggle all the silks needed & Blackwork only needed a few different threads, therefore much easier to pack away, as the studio was used to teach online for school.

I’m throughly enjoying not being a school teacher & having a bit of a break, until I reclaim my health, redecorate the house & remodel the house. Finally I might even get as far as running the business I’ve been thinking about for so long.

Setting up my slate frame.

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A new project is always exciting,

The materials needed

I have the centres of my frame marked to speed up the process.

Pin from the centre
Stitch each side, with some overlap
Then completely the other side,

Next comes the tricky bit, especially now I have dodgy joints, putting my foot on the frame to tension it

Tensioned frame

Now to work on the side tension

Sewing the webbing on each side
Scary bracing needle in action, ( try not to stab your leg!!!)

Finally you tighten the strings, until it is as tight as a drum.

Read & waiting for my fabric to arrive

This morning my fabric arrived, the possibilities are endless

My new fabric