Friday, 5 December 2014

Weaving a story

I'm working the last stages of  my Whitework now but probably the most scary.

First a section of drawn thread work. Random widths of threads were removed and hemmed with traditional hemstitch or herringbone hemstitch then worked with knotted, twisted or woven fillings or surface embroidery - here feather stitch.

Withdrawn threads

Then the cut eyelets were filled with needle woven Ayreshire fillings worked with fine 80/3 lace thread. There are three but one hasn't photographed well as it is so lacy. I did try working the smaller eyelets but they didn't look good so I will leave them just oversewn.

Ayreshire fillings

Now I am working detached leaves and the head feathers then I should be ready to cutaway the linen to reveal the embroidered net. My hand shakes thinking about it! 


  1. Your project is looking a little bit challenging. However, it is looking good and showing your creativity. It is always a nice experience to work with white threads. I have never created such a design as I like to work on small projects.

  2. Thank you all for your comments. Ellie, this is an examination piece for my Advanced Diploma with the Royal School of Needlework, which is why it is probably a little more complex than I normally work to get in all the elements of the brief we have to work to.