Well it is that time of year when young girls begin to think about their prom dress. But if they want their mother to do some embroidery, they better have thought about their dress in February. When my daughter Courtney graduated, she wanted me to make her an oriental dress with a gold dragon on the front. After some research, I came up with a design that appealed to her.
This was the first time I had ever tried my hand at couching. I have since learned that the dragon is the symbol for the Chinese Emperor whereas the Empress would have cranes on her gowns.
The year before her high school graduation, Courtney was escorting a friend to his graduation. She wanted a more fairy tale look that year. Courtney loves Celtic designs so I adapted designs by Courtney Davis . This was the first time I embroidered using metallic thread. I did not much like it. It was difficult to embroider with.
Celtic design at the back of the skirt
A lovely effect!
I recently took a three-day needle painting workshop from Tanja Berlin , a graduate of the Royal School of Needlework. I have been wanting to learn this technique for some time but just never took the leap. I am usually pretty good at following instructions from books but for some reason this technique eluded me. Tanja is an excellent teacher. I would recommend her to anyone wanting to put on a needle painting workshop.
Tanja Berlin's Eastern Blue Bird
She began by having us trace the blue bird pattern onto velum tracing paper using a pencil. Then using a pricking tool, pricked holes along the design. Then we placed the tracing paper onto the fabric. We then rubbed pounce over the pricked tracing paper. Next we drew over the pounce lines using a sharp HB pencil. This process took a half day to do.
Tools of the trade
Below is what I was able to accomplish during the remaining 2 1/2 days.
Eastern Blue Bird in Progress
Stay turned for updates on this project (one among many, I am afraid).