Sunday, 29 July 2012

White Horse: starting off

Having covered transferring a design so recently with 'Earth mini' I won't go over it again, as I did exactly the same: made a transfer by tracing the design with a transfer pencil, ironed it onto some cotton lawn, then used this to line the surface fabric.

Once that was done, as before I stitched over the transferred design on the back with very small running stitches to transfer it to the front.  Unfortunately, also as before, this comes out terribly in photos:

I'm afraid you're just going to have to take my word that there's anything there!  The colour of the fabric hasn't come out at all well either - it really is a much nicer pale green than it looks here.

Now the design is transferred, and as I can see it on the real thing even if you can't, I can now start the proper stitching.

Sunday, 22 July 2012


I've been commissioned to make a small piece; the client didn't have any pre-conceived ideas about what form this should take, but did want it to feature a horse.  We've been discussing ideas for a little while, but never came up with anything we were happy with.

Meantime, I was working on the 'Earth' mini roundel.  The client reads the blog, and on seeing that, things fell into place: she would like a panel of Celtic knotwork, same as 'Earth'.

With a horse in it.

Isn't it good when things just work?  I always have more ideas than I have time to stitch.  Some of these just stay in my head, while others get drawn up and filed away.  Some time ago, in the pre-blog days, I drew this:

'Was this the sort of thing you had in mind?', I said.  'Yes!  Perfect!'

So that's what I'll be making next.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Earth mini: finishing off

The front was completed, but I wanted to put a small Awen design on the back, just to finish it off:

This was worked in gold chain stitch and filled in with split stitch, in the same way as the front, and using Madeira stranded cotton in a pale green shade to match the colour of the front.

Both the back and front were pinned out for damp stretching:

I forgot to take an 'after' photo of this, but they looked a whole lot better than 'before'!

The finished piece is circular, so the excess fabric needed to be trimmed off.  I had a go at a slightly different approach here, using the overlocker to trim rather than trying to machine stitch in a circle:

I think this would work better with a larger circle to aim for, but it didn't work too badly.

I'd marked the outline of the 10cm (4") coaster I'm using to stretch it round on the back of the piece before I started, to make centring it easier:

And using a cork coaster, as well as already being a nice neat disc, meant that pins were very east to stick in it prior to lacing!

I could then lace it up, and remove the pins:

I ladder stitched the back in place, over a disc of felt, completing the reverse:

And here's the finished piece from the front:

I'm very happy with it - I might make a few more of these!

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Earth mini: colouring in

With the outline done, I now need to fill in the knot design with colour.  I'm making this very simple, but hopefully effective: just one shade, Madeira stranded cotton no. 1406, worked in split stitch.

Here it is with the first few sections done:

And then with with the entire knot shape filled in:

And that's it!  There are still things to do to finish it off, though, so they'll be next.

Friday, 6 July 2012

Earth mini: outline

I'm being very bad at posting but a bit better at stitching, so time for an update on the 'Earth' mini roundel.

With the design marked on the front in running stitches, I could now stitch over them properly.  As Elmsley Rose guessed, this involves gold thread.  I can't imagine why she would think that!

Not the usual gold thread though; this time, I'm not couching it, but using chain stitch, with Gutermann metallic thread (Dekor Gold 24).  Here, I've made a start, and have done the first part of one side:

And then all of it:

And finally, both sides, outlining the complete knot:

I now have a clearly defined area to fill in with colour.