Stitching a seascape
The latest workshop is with Bethany Duffy. Her workshop is about using seashells (or other found objects) and incorporating them into an embroidery. I really love her work (see Related links below).
|By the sea|
I started with two pieces of light blue hand-dyed fabric and a 4" embroidery hoop. The shells that we use need to have a hole in them to stitch through. That was actually difficult to find! I searched through all of my shells and found two since we generally collect unbroken shells.
|My collection of shells in my hand-made bag.|
After finding the perfect shell, I added three layers of padding using left-over batting. This helps give it a cascading effect. Then I started stitching, and stitching! There are a lot of long and short stitches. I ended up using two dark blue embroidery floss, then two light blue and finally a very light blue-green for the edge.
|Adding padding to the shell|
Once I finished stitching the first shell with short and long stitches, I added loopy French knots at the edge, like sea foam.
|Finished stitching on the shell|
Since there was still a lot of space left in the loop, I thought of adding another shell but then remembered the small bag of sea treasures that my niece and sister-in-law brought back from Prince-Edward Island this summer. There was a perfect little piece of driftwood that would be a great addition.
I added the padding in front of the driftwood but only attached the driftwood once the stitching was completed. You can faintly see the brown silk thread that I used to attach it. I was going to add glue under it, but it seems secure enough.
|Driftwood attached with brown silk thread|
What I learned
- It was so enjoyable stitching the sea through the shell.
- I'm really glad that the driftwood seems to be quite secure.
- I learned that adding padding in embroidery is called stumpwork. It gives it a 3D look.
- I want to learn shisha mirror embroidery since my sea treasures were mostly pieces of sea glass. I would love to add this to my next piece....yes, I really hope to make many more of these 😊
- I was hoping to give this first piece to my niece who is now studying in Denmark. I didn't get it done on time, so maybe she'll have many to choose from when she's back at Christmas.
- More hand-stitching fun: Making a seashell container, June 8, 2020
- Bethany Duffy website and Instagram
- Article about Bethany Duffy on TextileArtist.org, Making Waves