Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Playing with Metal

This afternoon I'm teaching my weekly machine embroidery class in Letchworth. This term we are looking at stitching with things other than fabrics and today we are stitching on metals. Although I have lots of samples and techniques to try I thought it would be fun if they had a little project to work on and so I've been playing and have come up with this cuff.

Very simple and rather made up as I went along...

but I was happy enough with the results that I might even wear it! Squares of copper shim stitched onto a background of velvet bonded onto pelmet vilene and finished off with some beads stitched on by hand... just in case you were wondering!

And if you like the idea of stitching into metal can I recommend this book. Not only because it is full of fabulous ideas and gorgeous pictures but also beacause it was written by a friend. I did my City and Guilds with Ann and she is a very talented embroiderer, winning a City and Guilds medal for excellence twice... and she's a lovely lady as well!

14 comments:

  1. Your cuff is fab Gina! You amaze me with the things you make :-)

    xxx

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  2. That cuff is fantastic! You are so clever - I'm sure the class will be brilliant!!!

    Lucy x

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  3. Do you need a special needle?
    The metal looks so effective with the stitches.

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  4. That is gorgeous! Love the richness of the red, with the gold. You are such a talented woman Gina. x

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  5. Gorgeous cuff Gina. I was looking at this book on Amazon the other day. I may have to go back and have another look. I echo Kayla coo's question, do you need a special needle? or thread?

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  6. wow I was just wishing I was close by so I could attend your class when you then go on to say how you made it!!! Thankyou :) this is awesome and the book looks amazing ~ will put it on my wish list ~ Judy x

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  7. oh wow, that is just beautiful - i am in awe!

    xx

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  8. I really like the way this worked out Gina. I love stitched metal pieces and this works so well with your machine embroidery.

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  9. It's beautiful Gina and I think I need one too! I must have the book, to win that medal twice she must be really special.

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  10. Ooh lovely cuff.

    And the muslin apron a few posts down (I'm having a big catch up after being away) is divine!

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  11. Absolutely delightful cuff, Gina.

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