Saturday, 20 September 2014

'Jungle Book' slip case - Mowgli (again)

Here's where we left things last time, supposedly with everything finished:

It's not right, though: compared to the palm tree, Mowgli just disappears.  I just worked the figure in outline as it was too small and fiddly for goldwork, but it needs more than that.  So, to make it stand out more, I've filled in the outline with split stitch in a dark gold-coloured stranded cotton, Madeira 2213:

I think that works better, don't you?

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

'Jungle Book' slip case - palm tree branches

I thought this was going to be fiddly, and it was!

The branches themselves were straightforward enough, using lengths of pearl purl:

The leaves were a little trickier.  These are in wire check purl, which is smoother than the bright check purl of the trunk, but not as smooth as the pearl purl of the branches, and so give a nice contrast to both.  As I want the leaves to look passably organic, I didn't measure and cut exact lengths but was deliberately more random.  I'm not sure if that made it easier or harder!

Anyway, here's the first branch, so you can see how it's working:

And all the branches completed:

And some final beads on the turrets that I ought to have done earlier but forgot about:

That ought to be all the embroidery completed, but there's something I'm not happy with.  I've been trying to convince myself that it was fine, but it isn't.  More work needed.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

'Jungle Book' slip case - tree trunk

Onto the palm tree.

Using short lengths of bright check wire (the same as for Mowgli's hair), I added the trunk of the tree as a series of short sections:

The zig-zag finish of the wire gives a nice rough effect to it which I like.

I've also stitched through the design for the rest of the tree, as you can see.  I think it's going to be a bit fiddly!

Friday, 5 September 2014

'Jungle Book' slip case - Mowgli

As it's a bit complicated, I'll be doing the central section a bit at a time, starting with the little figure of Mowgli, seated at the base of the tree.

Here he is outlined in running stitches, ready to be stitched over:

The figure is quite small and quite a fiddly shape, so I've decided to keep things simple and just use chain stitch in Gutermann metallic thread no. 24 to outline it:

As the figure is shown from behind, howefer, I've added a bit of detail by filling in his hair with chips of bright check purl wire, and a staff of wire check purl:

Mowgli is sitting in some grass, for which I've couched one length of the same thread as the building:

He's sitting under a palm tree - that's next!

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Red bat - framed

The Red Bat is back from the picture framer, and here it is:

It has a very plain wide black frame, and isn't glazed.  It's also intended to stand, not hang on a wall.

I think it looks smart!

Friday, 29 August 2014

'Jungle Book' slip case - the top of the building

The top section of the building is in two stages, but I forgot to take a photo of the first one - the outer edge in gold only - so here it is with both that and the inner detail couched with the same blue as the base:

To finish it off, I added some beading: red seed beads on the top of the domes and in the little bulges on the sides, and gold seed beads at the very top:

The 'building' motif forms a frame for the central area, and I'll be starting that next.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

'Jungle Book' slip case - turrets

The turrets on the top of the building are in two stages (or three, really, but the last one won't happen until all the goldwork is done).  The base of the turrets are in the same red as before, and here they are:

The domes are in a new colour, a strong green, Madeira stranded cotton no. 1304:

The domes:

There are also features on top of the domes (I'm not sure what to call them.  Finials, maybe), and they're in gold, with no colour:

The very top bits will be done later.  The top of the building next!