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Gold work puffin: string padding

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Showing felt & strong padding for gold work

The padding for the metallic threads is finished. The white area will be silver & orange area gold.

I’ve also been thinking about the basket weave pattern for the chest, the face & beak. I have acquired some rather nice red & black metallic threads for the beak & some iridescent gold leather for the feet & iridescent silver for the cheek. I’m glad I’m sampling & working designs & stitches out for myself, with a little help from my tutors.

Gold work Puffin: phase 1 felt padding

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Final felt layer

Last week was a long week, I tested positive for Covid 😤 , today I’m negative 🥳, all except for a cough 😕. So other than a bit of crocheting & hand quilting very little got done. This morning, feeling much better I finished the layers of felt padding. I have the string padding for the next stage.

Gold work puffin: the beginning

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Starting a new module is always fun, although I’m still working away at finishing my silk shading, it’s at a point where things are a bit slow.

I like to think through my ideas my trying out or sampling. At this stage I kept going back to the initial design idea & revising it. Even though my tutor has agreed the design, I’m still working through my own ideas, I really don’t like blindly follow the tutors ideas, because it’s my work

Carpet felt under the wing

The design is painted on & the first bit of padding is being stitched into place. I hate carpet felt, it’s disgusting stuff; all itchy & hairy. It makes a tight mess of your fabric. Once it’s covered with a layer of felt it won’t be too bad ( I suppose)

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.