Grand Opening Tomorrow!

Finally it is almost here.

The culmination of my big project. At last my embroidery work is to be unveiled, hopefully to find many new homes. I am absolutely loving continually creating and sewing and bringing into existance these things that inspire me, and I hope you enjoy seeing them too. I am honestly happier in my work than I have ever been in my life.

So, let me finally share with you all the pieces that will be available from 8 a.m. tomorrow…and WORLDWIDE SHIPPING IS FREE!

The Anatomical Collection

Limited Edition Anatomical Human Brain Pendant, on 20″ Silver plated chain, £39
Human Femur Bone Brooch Pin, in Silver plated Mount, £69 ONE OF A KIND.
Limited Edition Anatomical Human Heart Pendant, on 20″ Silver plated chain, £49
Limited Edition Anatomical Human Heart Brooch, in gold plated mount, £49
Limited Edition Anatomical Human Pelvis Brooch Pin, in Silver plated mount, £49
Limited Edition Human Ribcage Pendant, on 20″ Silver plated chain, £49
Limited Edition Human Ribcage Pendant, on 20″ Gold plated chain, £49
Limited Edition Human Skull Brooch Pin, in Silver plated mount, £59
Limited Edition Human Skull Brooch Pin, in Silver plated mount, £59
Limited Edition Human Skull Pendant, on 25″ Silver plated chain, £69

The Ritual Collection

Limited Edition Eye Of Horus Brooch Pin, in Gold plated mount, £29
Limited Edition Skeleton Key Pendant, on 20″ Gold plated chain, £29
Limited Edition Poisonous Toadstool pendant, on 27.5″ Gold plated chain, £59 MADE TO ORDER

The Submerged Collection

Limited Edition Octopus Brooch, in Gold plated mount, £69
Limited Edition Red Octopus Brooch, in Gold plated mount, £69
Limited Edition Vampire Squid Brooch, in Gold plated mount, £69

The Totem Collection

Stag Pendant in wool, on 27″ Silver plated chain, £49, ONE OF A KIND.
Antlers Pendant, on 25″ Gold plated chain, £59 ONE OF A KIND
Limited Edition Magpie Brooch, in Silver plated mount, £29

 

Zombie Skull

Zombie Skull

Be honest, that wins the award for the best blog post title you saw today, yes?

I had printed up another skull face pattern like the one I did here and as I was contemplating doing it, a feeling like ‘pfft I don’t feel like doing more bones’ took me. Shock horror, I know.

‘What is wrong with me!?’ I thought. I was trapped in a place between responsibility to my business plans and creative motivation.

Then a notion gripped me, like the icy death grip of a zombie’s bony hand around my ankle. Or something.

Zombie skull.

Variegated silk, split stitch, and french knots.

Balance restored.

Radioactive Alien Ribcage?

Radioactive Alien Ribcage?

Here’s some more of what I completed this weekend.

I had a great response to the ribcage embroidery pendant I made and I have to say, she’s up there with my favorites too. The colour variations achieved on that one due to using a varigated silk thread were really pretty, so I wanted to try something a bit bolder, and go for a smoother finish.

Clearly, he has the correct number of ribs this time. This hot purple was the most vibrant colour in my silks collection, and I love the boldness it has. Once again, I backstitched round the ribs only to outline them and clean the edges, and used little french knots to represent the vertebrae spiny processes.

More tomorrow.

Rib cage mash up

Rib cage mash up

I have to say this one was a tricky little bugger. However, I got a lot of learns from her. She might be my favorite so far.

First off I decided to work on the sludge coloured linen I used in my Fly Agaric piece, but backed it up with some green polycotton – this helped give me better tension in my hoop as I knew  was going to be adding quite dense stitches. I printed out my little ribs outline after I had modified it to the right kind of thing – enough detail but not too complex. Then I broke out my new iron on transfer pen! Hadn’t used this before, so slightly nervous but basically I traced around the shape onto baking parchment then ironed it onto the linen. The first go it was a bit blotchy so I tried it again and it worked okay (I will use more porous paper next time). It gave me enough of a guide I could stitch around in general sewing thread to give me the final outline. I did start off with stranded cotton in split stitch but quickly realised the shape was way too intricate. See?

Learning all the time.

So, the shape outlined, I then chose a nice hand-dyed pale lilac-pink sort of shell type very fine silk from 21st Century yarns. I chose it because when I initially decided to do a rib cage I thought I might try and silk-shade it, but again, the narrowness of the individual ribs made me reconsider. So this type of thread I thought would add interest and some more unusual colours, and sheen, to contrast with the matte linen.

On the one hand, because I was working through 2 layers of fabric, there was a greater level of stability and accuracy in needle placement compared to had I just used the linen. But on the other, once I got going it was quite wearing on the silk and had to use quite short pieces to minimise this. Overall I’m fairly pleased with the smoothness of the stitches – the colour varigation on the thread means that it highlights where I’ve changed direction. I also added 3 little pairs of french knots for vertebrae spiny processes.

The other tricky thing was actually seeing the guide lines – even though I had stitched them in. I think the size of it (it’s 19mm x 25mm) even under my magnifier was a challenge as the slubbiness of the linen cast a shadow. This led to a ‘spot the deliberate mistake’ situation. She’s a girl. Can you tell why?*

Finally, because the entrance point of the silk into the fabric wasn’t very clean in the end, I outlined just the rib portion in single ply Anchor cotton. I felt like it gave a bit of dimension and depth too.

Learns:

  • Use a finer weave fabric for small freestyle work – open textures doesn’t allow for enough accuracy

  • I really need single stands of whatever I’m sewing with – better to build up density than wear out the fibre and make a messy finish

  • Use transfer pen to make intricate patterns, but use a porous paper to make the copy so it absorbs excess ink and doesn’t leave a blotchy mark on the fabric

  • Variegated threads are beautiful but highlight changes in stitch direction and even slightly uneven stitching.

Mounted up like this, I gotta say, I do really like her, despite our struggles.

Clearly this is the ribcage of a slightly deformed tiny woman. So, very Mother Eagle really.

*extra rib!