Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Druid banner - putting it together (part 2)

Last time, I'd got as far as adding the tabs for the carrying pole along the top.  The pole itself will be in two parts, in a 'T' shape, and so will also pass up the centre of the back.  To stop it blowing about and becoming difficult to carry, I also added two loops, made in the same way as the top tabs, to the back:


As with the tabs along the top, I made sure that these were stitched to the canvas, not just the top fabric. The pole will thread through them, and should make carrying the banner easier.

Next, I added a fringe along the bottom, and a woven tape with my name on at the top - inside the banner, so it won't be seen when it's finished, but I'll know it's there!


The very last thing to do is to add the top fabric - the part with the embroidery on.  Firstly, I stitched it in place along the bottom edge, to anchor it:


I forgot to take any photos, but next I stitched the front fabric to the canvas, to ensure that the entire banner acts as one single item.  This was easier to do than for the back as I could place the stitches where the appliqué is, so there was less chance of it being seen on the surface.

The front panel pinned in place:


I then ladder stitched it all the way round - and finished!

I'll post a photo of the finished piece tomorrow...

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Druid banner - putting it together (part 1)

Time to start putting the banner together.

The banner is lined with a piece of quite heavy cotton canvas cut to the final size, to give it some weight and support; the banner itself will be assembled around this.

After thoroughly damp-stretching both the front and the pack panels, I attached the bottom hem of the fabric forming the back of the banner (a plain green with no embroidery) to the canvas using herringbone stitch:


I then stitched the canvas to the back fabric with a few widely-separated stitches:


This is a bit tricky as I don't want the stitches to be visible on the surface, but necessary to make the banner one single piece, rather than a collection of bits of fabric moving independently.  Small stitches, done very carefully!

With that done, I could hem the other three sides, again using herringbone stitch to attach it to the canvas, and mitre the corners:


The banner will hang from a bar along the top, so a series of tabs need to be added for this to pass through.  Using the same green cotton sateen fabric as the main body of the banner, I cut eight equal-sized pieces and lined them with linen:


Then machine-stitched the long edges together:


Turned right side out and pressed, with the seam down the centre of one side:


Six of the them were then folded over to form a loop and machine-stitched in a 'Z' to anchor:


These were then stitched onto the banner panel, making sure that the stitches went through the canvas, not just the top fabric:


There's a wider space in the middle to allow for the carrying pole.

That's a lot of it done, but still some work to do yet!

Monday, 7 April 2014

Druid banner - the completed embroidery

As promised, here's a photo of the completed embroidery on the banner:


You can probably spot the pins round the edge which means it's being damp stretched and therefore I've started making it up, but I'll describe that process properly once I've got a bit further.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Druid banner - lettering: outlining An Tigh Geata

The very last lap for the banner embroidery - the outlining of the final lettering.

Using the same thread as for the outlining of 'OBOD' - it's green all round the circle this time, not half blue and half green as for the spirals - here's 'An':


'An Tigh':


'An Tigh Geata':


And that's it!  All the embroidery done.  I'll try and take a half-way decent photo of the full thing (my first attempt is too bad to show, even by my standards), and show you it next time.

It's still not a finished processional banner, of course - now, I need to put it together.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Druid banner - lettering: An Tigh Geata

I'm getting very close to the end of the project now, with the addition of the lettering around the top of the design.  As before, I transferred the design to the front of the fabric by stitching over the transfer on the back with small running stitches:


(You can just see it if you try!)

And then I added the letters.  First 'An' (and a pip):


'An Tigh':


'An Tigh Geata', and the final pip:


Very nearly there now - just the outlining to go.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Druid banner - lettering: outlining OBOD

The gold kid letters look fine by themselves, but I think they would look better more sharply delineated.  To achieve this, I've outlined them in the same dark green passing thread I used for the spirals on the lower half of the trilithon.

Close up on a pip, you may be able to see that as before I've used two lengths of the passing thread, couched closely around the edge of the gold kid piece:


And the letters outlined too:


If you compare to how they looked in the previous post, you can see that they appear much stronger now.

The text around the top next - there's rather more of that, so it's going to take a bit longer to do.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Druid banner - lettering: OBOD

With all the letters cut out, I can start attaching them to the fabric.

If you can remember back at the start when I ironed the transfer onto the linen used to line the top fabric, the design came out back to front, such as the letters 'OBOD' (in a Gaelic font) here:


I also said this didn't matter; the reason why not is that when I stitch over the design to mark it onto the front of the piece, it comes out the right way round:


That's a bit faint, but hopefully you can see that the letters are the mirror image of how they appear on the back.

As well as the letters, there are also a series of 'pips' around the edge, between the two sets of text.  Here are most of them, stitched on:


I'm using a proper leather needle for this; it passes through the kid much easier than a regular needle, and is far less likely to cause splitting.

And now, 'OBOD':


I think it looks good!  It could look better though, with something added...