The puppet girl embroidery is finished. The hand embroidery is very different from using the machine, slower and more precise which suits what I wanted to achieve here, a delicate detailed drawing, like something I might create with ink and water-colour. I’m interested in bringing together my quite eclectic styles of working to see what happens, I’m experimenting with adding embroidered stitches to paper work, I’ll post about this later. In this work I wanted to explore different stitches but I’ve mislaid my embroidery books! so everything here is largely from memory or made up. I also used a mixture of threads for different effects, silk and cotton floss, gold and sparkly pink and some space dyed thread (I’m not sure what it’s called)
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I’m interviewed in issue 3 of makeitmag lots of fun stuff to read and some great music.
I had a lovely day yesterday sewing with a group of friends, a couple of years ago we had a regular day when we got together to chat drink coffee and work on a bit of sewing or knitting. At the time it was a real lifeline for me and this group of friends provided me with invaluable support when I most needed it. Since then our lives have all got a lot busier with work commitments so it was a rare treat to sit down together. I took along my most portable work which is a piece of hand embroidery I have planned for a few weeks. I am using silk and cotton floss on linen with a little gold and sparkly pink thread as well. It’s not finished yet but thought I would share a few photos of my progress.
The starting point was a water-colour I did a couple of weeks ago of a girl puppeteer with flower puff clouds, there is a popcorn cloud as well!
Hand painted cloth doll Penelope Floss is complete and available here. I added her own strange little rag doll, I wanted the little doll to have a primitive rag doll feel, a childhood favourite in a mishmash of outfits. Penelope has a paper boat hat made from a vintage book and a wrap around cotton jacket printed with a delicate water-colour design from one of my paintings, she also wears red velvet ballet shoes.
A work in progress. For a while I have been thinking about dolls with painted or drawn faces, I put together this new pattern over the weekend. She has a linen body with a more shaped head that is formed separately then attached to the body, her features are acrylic paint and pencil, her hair is I think Tibetan lamb that I have cut and glued to her head. More work to do.