Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Long time no see….

Hi its been a while, I’ve been laid up with tendonitis in both wrists and elbows and have been out of the studio for a couple of months. But the good news is I’m starting to turn a corner and am back to hand sewing. Sadly I cant machine stitch yet but after a few more Cortisone Injections I should be back soon.

Soooo one of the things I have been doing is  designing costume. I have many designs in my sketch book from new tunics to humongous Ball gowns (sorry Ruth!), but I thought I’d share one of the costume designs I’m working on at the moment..

In April 2013 both Martin and myself are attending the Spectacular, Spectacular Ball which will be held at Heatherden Hall, Pinewood Studios. Details can be found here -!/events/146217962178037/


Its a costume ball and I think the theme I’m going to go for is FAIRY!… Yes I know not really a surprise to anyone who knows me, but I need to get my glitter on.

I have been toying with some ideas and want to do something different so I’ve been thinking about a stumpwork embroidered corset with an Autumn theme with mushrooms, acorns and possibly blackcurrant/bramble embroidery .

Here is my initial design but I can guarantee it will change, this is just my first draft (excuse photos – I took them with my phone)



A while ago I found a photo stumpwork acorns and mushrooms and have been playing with the art form since then. Here is the photo I found which is also the inspiration for the corset


I have a few of WF  Stumpwork kits and also numerous books on the subject. One of the best I have found is by Jane Nicholas for any one who doesn't know what Stumpwork is its an embroidery technique originating in the 17th century. Individual elements of each design are raised up from the background by using padding or by applying the shape to wire before stitching to the background thereby creating a 3D effect.


Here are the photos of the test pieces I’ve produce so far… its gonna take a looooong time!







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