I did it again

Today I will show you my entry for a competition.  I won the competition in 2010.  This year I won it again.  This means that I have a trophy to keep nicely polished for the next year!  I have just taken it to be engraved.

I had been looking at a picture of a dramatic wave off and on for weeks, but I spent so long thinking about it that I didn’t have time to stitch it and do it justice. I need to do something simpler.  I thought about Japanese wave patterns, so there is some Japanese influence in the final piece.


I took a piece of polyester fabric, which has just a few fine slubs in it, with the idea of making wave pintucks.  I didn’t want nice evenly spaced tucks, as would be found on a cushion, but uneven ones, to embellish to make to look like sea waves.  It didn’t work, so I took this photo, and drew outlines of the the waves in it to use as my design.  I unpicked the stitching and washed the fabric, and thankfully the stitchholes disappeared.

I used various shades of turquoise and white threads from my stash, to try to get the feeling of movement.  There is a mixture of Cretan, Blanket, and Straight stitches, with French Knots to indicate the foam at the edge of the wave.  I embellished a little with two kinds of beads to try to give a sparkle, as would happen if the sun were shining on the water.

Here is my winning entry.


A few weeks ago I took a holiday, and the rest gave my damaged thumb time to heal properly.

Recently I have been working on several small projects, mostly practice pieces and experiments, and also on the linen tablecloth which I mentioned earlier in the year.  Two corners have now been completed, and as it is nearly Easter, and everything will be cleared away for a few days, I am just pottering, rather than start another corner, or anything else which might take more than a few days.

I have always enjoyed embroidery which is three-dimensional.  For a while I have been looking at a stumpwork project in a magazine, and that led me in to having a new look at Brazilian Dimensional Embroidery.  I have been practising stitches and flowers using different threads, some with a Z twist and some with an S twist.  For those who wonder if it matters, yes, for some stitches it does.  If you go to Mary Corbet’s website http://www.needlenthread.com and do a search on ‘z twist’ you will find further information.

I have been looking for books, which are not easy to come by, as a lot of them seem to be out of print.  I have also been looking at kits, with instructions.  These seem to good value.  Another possibility is to buy cloth and threads (available from Viking Loom in York).

I find some designs for Brazilian embroidery somewhat overwhelming, with too many colours. However, even with a kit, I am not bound to keep to the same colour scheme if I feel the need to tone it down a little.

The stumpwork project has also been looked at in more detail.  The Materials list is long.  I have some of the items, such as scissors and needles, but there would be over 40 individual items to source and buy.  A red light is flashing in my brain, so it seems the Brazilian Embroidery gets the vote.

Before going any further I may just try a small project using z-twist thread in one colour only, just to see how it works out.

April 9, 2017. Tags: , . Brazilian, Dimensional, Embroidery. Leave a comment.

Books Part 3 – Types of Embroidery

I could’t decide whichof these to list first,  so I decided that the alphabet has an accepted order for a good reason – so here we go.

Beautiful Bargello,  by Joyce Petschek,  has 20 different charted designs,  with instructions to make a wide range of different items.   Cushions are the more obvious ones,  but there are also other items like a doorstop  (a covered house brick),  a box,  a waistcoat,  and a bag.   I have a stash of tapestry wool and lots of canvas,  and the intention of using them!

Brazilian three-dimensional Embroidery,  by Rosie Montague.  I love working in three dimensions, and some of the designs would lend themselves to other techniques.

New Canvaswork,  by Jill Carter.  Canvas makes me think of tapestry and Bargello.  This book gave me a new insight into the range of things which can be done with canvas.  The book gives many ideas for a differnt approach to using canvas as the base fabric for your work.

Wild Flowers in Cross Stitch, by Jane Iles.  This was a gift from a friend.  Again, apart from the designs, there a many ideas for making things with a cross-stitch design.  I did the cover design to make a cushion – see my post of July 12th, and also adapted a poppy design for another piece.

Goldwork – The Search press book covers the Histoy of Goldwork, and Church Embroidery.  There is a section on Goldwork Techniques, and  page about attaching jewels, glass, beads, and stones.  There are some interesting designs, but you would have to work out for yourself how to execute them.

Goldwork by Hazel Everett.  What can I say?  I am totally knocked out by this book.  I have not got all the way through it yet, but will probably do a review when I have.

Glorious Needlepoint, by Kaffe Fassett.  Again, this was a gift.  I loved Kaffe’s first knitting book, and went to a talk he gave in Halifax (many years ago).  But if I had seen this book first,  I would never have bought it for myself.   It is just not my thing.

A – Z of Stumpwork,  Inspiration Books.   There is agood instructional section, and a lot of varied designs.  All the outlines for the designs are on pages at the back of the book, and the pages are wire-bound.  This means than it is easy to scan a page, then enlarge the design to the rquired size.  I have used bits and pieces of stumpwork, and enjoyed getting that third dimension into some of my projects.

Painting with a Needle, by Young Yang Chung is another favourite.   This is a silk embroidery book.   I find the pieces shown inspiring.   The instructions for the projects are very clear,  literally step by step.  Sometimes I just get this book off my shelf, and look through it.  I found he information about traditional silk embroidery very interesting.

I hope you are enjoying these posts about my books.   Why not let me know which are your favourite books – perhaps the top five.

November 6, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , . Bargello, Brazilian Embroidery, Cross stitch, Goldwork, Needle Lace, silk shading, Stumpwork, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.