Today at the Embroiderer’s Guild Nifty Needles group those who have been working on “the Red Thing” brought their pieces to show the Coordinator, and we lined them up against the original drawing. They look great so far, but before I show you the photos you need to know each piece will be laced onto card before being joined together, and there needs to be a little more stitching done on some of them to integrate the threads where they will be joined. We were all given the same threads with which to stitch, plus some general guidance as to the desired result, but the choice of any particular shade or the stitch used, was left to the individual. The fine tuning will be done once all the pieces are complete.
This is part of the drawing from which we are working.
These are the corresponding pieces of embroidery.
I was delighted that my piece passed muster, and this is it sitting with some it its neighbours.
For the rest of the session today, we learnt how to make beads from Tyvek. The Tyvek was painted, and two pieces cut in very long pointed triangle shapes, wrapped around a wooden skewer, then fastened with metallic thread, and embellished with copper wire, beads, or anything else that would withstand being heated with a heat gun. The Tyvek melts and bubbles, the threads become embedded in the melted plastic, and the copper wire stands proud. This was the process, and for a first attempt the class did well – with more thought, a better choice of coloured Tyvek (for simplicity sake, we only had blue, brown and gold), and more careful cutting and decoration the beads could be quite lovely.
The above photo shows painted Tyvek, some beads wound on the skewer, and some that have been heated.
Bead being heated with heat gun
Finished beads. I shall certainly try these again, but in myown colours and with less gold…….