Whitework embroidery

I am in that really exciting phase at the RSN of learning a completely new  embroidery technique. Having loved blackwork last year, I’d imagined whitework being just my cup of tea, and I was right. There are a lot of different technique within whitework, so far I have been taught  Pulled work, Drawn work, Broderie Anglaise, Richelieu, and Shadow work.  I decided to follow a subject matter for this technique, specifically for when it comes to creating my own final piece. I started looking at patterns from my travels this summer, Cambodia, Vietnam, Japan and Barcelona. In the end, I’ve decided to focus on Japanese designs, their floral patterns as well as their ‘lady’ paintings (Not sure how these are called but I will put a photo at the bottom). If you visit my post on Blackwork from last year, you will see that my design there was based onJapaneseese design. I really love those designs in general, which is why I have decided to revisit them with whitework. A technique which in a lot of aspects is similar to blackwork, so I think it will lend itself well to these designs.    Pulled Work Drawn Work This is an […]

Silk Shading Embroidery

Silk shading, also known as “Needle Painting”; consists of long and short stitches done with stranded cotton or silk thread. By using a number of colours, you can shade and blend the stitches together to create a smooth natural finish. This  is a technique usually used for flowers, plants or animals as the artist can choose the colour and placement of every small stitch, such as in a painting. This is a very time-consuming technique that requires a lot of concentration, but the final outcome is  usually always worth it! Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to finish the rest of the flower before handing it in today. However, I am hoping to finish it at a later date.On the right-hand side are a series of experimental stitches, following the long and short rule. I sampled on both patterned and textured fabric as well as with different threads, beads or sequins.      

Gold Work Embroidery

Gold work, also known as metal work embroidery, is a fabric decoration embroidery that has always been a symbol of wealth and status. Today it is often seen on military, royal outfits or haute couture fashion. Gold work is worked with metal threads, imitation of gold, silver and copper which are wounded around silk threads. Other metal threads of a variety of colour and sizes can also be found, opening gold work up to a more modern approach. The earliest examples of Gold work did use pure gold and silver metals however these were not only very expensive but also very brittle.   Gold work takes years of practice, but one must start somewhere! I have only been learning it for a few months and I am already stitching things I used to admire. My personal passion for textiles is always very decorative and luxurious, which is why gold work is a skill I want to improve on so much. I have always admired it on haute couture designs so finally learning it myself and hopefully be able to use it on my own product one day is incredible.   Admittedly, it is a very tiring technique to do, especially […]

Jacobean Crewel Work

This new frame is an embroidery technique called Crewel work.  Crewel work is one of the earliest forms of surface stitching and is worked with crewel wool onto linen. The Jacobean design taught here goes as far back as the 17th century and was influenced by the exotic flora and faunas found on Indian imported chintzes. Another popular design with Jacobean crewel work is quirky insects and animals which were added to the ‘Tree of Life’ foliage design. Compared to canvas work and blackwork, crewel work is not based on a counting technique and is, therefore, more freestyle. What I loved the most with this very traditional technique, is experimenting with the different threads and fabrics to give it a more modern approach. I knew from the start, that I didn’t want to follow the traditional design of Jacobean crewel work and I think exploring each stitch in a modern approach, opened up a lot more design possibilities. My final design was the shell, which was a design taken from one of my art sketchbooks. I chose the shell as it went against the typical floral designs however still gave me a lot of areas in which I could show a variety […]

Black Work

Finally, here is my finished Blackwork frame! Blackwork is a technique that dates back in English history to the Tudor times. It was used in England on clothing as a very decorative stitch around cuffs and hems; and it also served a purpose of reinforcing the shape. It has a delicate lace look which is why  it was often used as an alternate option to expensive lace. Like canvas work, Black work is a counted technique and is traditionally worked with black silk onto white linen. Modern designs however now incorporate coloured threads and fabrics which can change its effect quite dramatically.     This technique is possibly one of my favourites, I love the detailed and delicate look it has to it. It also for me looks more aesthetically pleasing than the other techniques I have been doing. I also enjoyed sewing it the most, but then again, that could have been from the cheerful christmas spirit I was surrounded by at the time. My shoe design on the right hand side is based on my alter ego shoe project I did last term. I wanted it to be more of a decorative design instead of an exact representation of a shoe. With this design I found […]