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Very Moorish

Work in progress!

Getting started on my new project – another clutch purse like this oriental one in my shop. The cloth is woven from scraps of recycled fabric, and I’m going to quilt it, embroidering over the top.

This is one of the pieces I created during the cloth-to-cloth workshops over at Spirit Cloth last year …. I’m loving this technique.

The base has moved on from this picture, and now I’m starting to work on it, adding texture with the batting and quilting. Because I don’t want to distract too much from the detail of the fabric, I’m going to keep the stitching fairly simple, and I’m confining my palette of stitches to those found on moorish textiles – chain stitch &¬†herringbone, for the most part (with some variations), but worked quite densely around the star shapes (there will be more)

This is the beginning of the first star … alternating chain stitch and herringbone, worked really quite small and fine in three colours of embroidery thread.

It’s going to take quite a while, I think, but I’m really excited about how it’s going to turn out.

Moonflower Skirt – part III

In between everything else, I am still working on the moonflower skirt:

I’m so happy with this … I love the different shapes and textures of the flowers themselves, and the embroidery is adding a wonderful extra dimension. I don’t want to get too heavy with the embroidery, and spoil the overall lightness of the skirt, so I think it works just having occasional stitching on some of them, and leaving some in place just with the invisible backstitch, and the leaves embroidered around.

I like, too, the way the embroidery is heavier at the top of the skirt, easing up as I travel down … where I’m getting gaps that need something to hold the layers in place, I’m scattering tete-de-boeuf fairly randomly to keep everything together.

I’m getting to the end stages now … I’m hoping that I’ll finish the embroidery this week, and then there won’t be much more to do in terms of final finishing. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for lots of lovely sunshine – I can’t wait to wear it!