Monday, 31 October 2016

Twinkle, twinkle


This fabulously-glittery star is another exploration of gold-work techniques.  I've adapted it to make it quicker and more accessible for general stitchers and I'll be teaching it at workshops during November.

The project can be completed in two evening workshops or one full-day and will be taught at my new studio in Keighley Business Centre.  The dates are Wednesday 23rd and 30th November, 6:30-9:00pm or Saturday 26th November 10:00-3:00.  The cost is £45 which includes all materials.

Contact me on 07904 010430 or cketteman@aol.com to book a place.

Friday, 21 October 2016

All that glitters


I've ventured into the realms of traditional embroidery over last few weeks and have surprised myself with the results.  Yes, there are elements that are a bit too precise or fiddly for my liking but on the whole I've loved the challenge.

The two brooches shown are adapted from a design by Rachel Reynolds that first appeared in Hoop-La magazine in Spring 2015.  The original design was for 'gold-work' which involves the use of precious metal threads and wires that are couched onto the surface of a fabric.  But I wanted to explore how I might use fancy yarns and general haberdashery items to create a similar effect using the same basic techniques.   The results are rather stunning and certainly got the seal of approval from my friends at Skipton Embroiderers' Guild.



Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Yorkshire buttons


A Yorkshire button made in salmon pink embroidery thread is the perfect finishing touch for my little felted jewellery purse.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Taking a slow stitch to organisation


Slow stitching has taken over! I've collected some fragments of fabric: linen table cloth, scraps of lace, fine silk; and stitched them onto a piece of wool blanket.  The rhythm of the stitches changes as I move across the different textures.  I work in straight lines but curves in the damask pattern encourage me to stitch a circle.  Neutral colours soothe jangling nerves. 

The piece is finished as a haushuf: a place to keep needles and threads neat and tidy on my travels.