Sunday, 6 January 2013

Epiphany Stitches

Happy Feast of the Epiphany!

I haven't posted for a while because my sewing time has been taken up by Christmas presents, so I didn't want to put up pictures and have my gifts published too much before the recipients had seen them.

So this is my Christmas project:

Christmas decoration project
I drew block figures to represent Mary, Joseph and the Child Jesus, added a bible verse that meant a lot to me this advent and decorated the border with creative stitches.

I used chain stitch to fill in the figures, inspired by eastern embroidery methods that I have seen at the V&A. I felt that this gave a texture that compliments the abstract look of the piece.

It was good fun to experiment with different stitches and colours for the border, but it was a challenge to balance everything with the picture.

Finally, I have mounted the pieces - I used blank CDs as the base for this (as it works out a lot less hassle than sacrificing an embroidery hoop each time). One CD formed the base for the fabric to be pulled around, and the other, covered with festive paper, made the back. A ribbon around the edge, and a loop at the top completes the piece, turning it into a hanging decoration.

I personally enjoyed giving these to the people I love this year, and hope that they might appear out of the Christmas box next year and bring a smile to someone's face!

One last Merry Christmas to all, on the twelfth day!