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  • New Collection Afoot!

    Finally! Hello little blog, how are you? I’m fine, and I’ve finally got a group of work to show you, hurrahs! Yes, as you can see, I have a new collection (just the one, haha) of ten pieces, including 8 completely new designs, and 4 brooches. It’s been really nice to look back on this collection and take the photos and do all those old sort-of-familiar things that I have much less time for these days. I feel really good about adding to my website and having more work out there. This collection was inspired by magical and poisonous plants...

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  • New Stag Design

    Hooray! A new design! It’s funny sometimes to look back at old work and also to sort of realise old is not so old, and then to realise how sort of quickly your technique and style can improve. Quite different aren’t they? Anyway, so I wanted the Stag design to have more of a feel of the Fox or Wolf pieces so I set about finding some vintage illustrations that could translate into miniature pendant size. The issue is with the antlers – encapsulating them but having a head large enough to show nice detail and character. I based the...

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  • Remember the Moths?

    Er, Hello? I’ve taken quite the little break from blogging, haven’t I? Not quite a whole month, but nearly. I’ll do my explaining in a mo, but first – the finished and beautifully framed Moth Trio came back from the framers and looks stunning so wanted to share some pics: I have to say the UV glass the client requested is very impressive, and makes shooting these images really easy, as virtually no reflection, and a super clear finish. Definitely worth the money to guarantee the longevity of a piece like this. As always, the specialist framer and finisher Sara...

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  • What next?

    So. What next. Being that we have just had recently had the astrological events of summer solstice (in the northern hemisphere) and a Super Moon, I thought at this mid point it would be good to take stock of where I am so far this year – Mother Eagle speaking. It’s been nice now that the weather here is warm, to be ‘free’ of any embroidery commitments, and be able to do other things, projects, pottering around the house etc. But I have to say I have missed the focus that embroidery gives me and also quite relieved to find...

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  • Embroidery completed!

    I realise I’ve been playing fast and loose with the word ‘triptych’ in relation to this piece. It’s not really a triptych is it? it’s a trio, a trilogy. Whatevs, it’s finished! It’s interesting that I thought this final Elephant Hawkmoth might not be as cool as the others with no ‘special’ techniques – just split stitch and satin stitch. ButI like it the best. The colurs are so beautiful together, the patterns, and the way these simple stitches have describes the matte and furriness of the wings and body. And it was the quickest! It’s now with my framing...

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  • Pink Elephant

    So.  Pretty! I am really enjoying this final moth in the triptych. I rarely get to use such girly colours (as much out of choice as incidence) and there’s something about the graphic simplicity and symmetry that’s pleasing. Not much progress to show you, but it’s stitching up very quickly. So far it’s all split stitch and satin stitch in variegated cotton perle. This is pretty much all the pink and purple done so all that’s left is the greeny browny. And another thing! I just wanted to do a bit of an update as far as Mother Eagle business...

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  • The Full Moon

    The composition so far! The next and final moth is the Elephant Hawlmoth – so pretty it might be fake. But it’s not. Here’s how the Spanish Moon Moth came together: I completed all the finer detail and paler colours in silk, then it was just a case of filling in in satin stitch the main wing parts. I had the perfect variegated shade: Ta da! Some more detail… At his point I really wanted a ‘feature stitch’ and given the contrast in texture between the smooth irridescant wings and the fluffy body, thought a fuzzy Turkey Rug knotted stitch...

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  • Completed Atlas Moth Embroidery

    Phew! He’s finished! Remind me how tedious MILLIONS of French knots are to do next time yeah? ;) No seriously, I’m really pleased. It was/is my intention with this piece that the embroidery acurately represents the moths in terms of pattern and shape etc, and it’s interesting to me that this has become such a textural study. My beautiful hand dyed variegated silks really came into their own on this piece and allowed me to capture the different tones of the wings in an organic way. Comparing it to the original image I took my pattern from, I can see...

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  • Atlas Moth…more progress

    The Atlas Moth is really starting to take shape, with the left side almost complete! I’ll let the pictures do the talking, so I can get back to it :) Remember to click on the images for a closer look! And here’s the real thing again for comparison:    

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  • Atlas Moth – Last Week’s Progress

    Hello! I’m writing this post in a slight rush to get out the door for work but as I’m off tomorrow and will be doing more embroidery I didn’t want TOO much time to elapse before I shared more WIP pics! As you can see, as usual I am building this design up in stages, finer detail and blocking lines first. This has a dual purpose too, of giving me a line to anchor later satin stitch work to a sold line. If that makes sense! At this point I switched from split stitch to french knots as the wing...

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