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  • Creating the Hawthorn Blossom

    Hawthorn blossom

    I was venturing into new territory with this piece: I’ve not incorporated 3 dimensional and detached elements into miniature jewellery designs, so I was a little nervous that it would work out and I could pull it off – not only as a one-off, but as a workable design that could be repeated bespoke.

    Here’s how I did it:

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    I finished all 5 petals. It probably doesn’t show up in my trademark excellent cameraphone pics, but I used various random shades of white to give a bit more depth to the overall flower. Then I cut each one out, trimming closely to the edge.

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    That’s the reverse of the petal, BTW.

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    This was actually the most nervewracking bit – trimming close enough to remove frayed edges but not accidentally cut any threads on the slip.

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    Hooping up again in the ground fabric that would be the base of the piece – black cotton – I used a stilletto to make a small hole in the fabric into which I plunged the wire tail of the first petal:

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    After each petal I bent the wire tails back and couched over them in a strong silk machine thread before trimming them off.

    Stumpwork flower

    stumpwork wired flower

    This is the beauty of this technique: each petal is pliable enough to manouvre individually, so each petal can be cupped and bent to make the overall flower more characterful.

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    The back finished off and secured, I started to work on the centre of the flower with pale spring green coloured silk french knots:

    wired stumpwork blossom

    Finally I used little glass beads stitched on in silk machine thread to represent the individual stamens:

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    There you go! Like the real thing? I’m very happy with how it turned out.

    HAWTHORN


     
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