This year I am trying to embroider things for Xmas starting with the Perfumedwaters Xmas ornament swap.
I was a bit stuck for inspiration for this one, as designs need to be small, quick, stylish, and most importantly be adaptable for lots of bling!
Until I found these charming lighthearted little free designs by Andrea Zuill
I have some tiny bits of lots of goldwork materials sent to me as samples by Benton and Johnson, and some Paillettes and smooth passing left over from other projects.
And I had an Anemone mini-topic from Mulberry Silks and some fabulous silk Duchesse Satin left over from a frocking project, and the colours worked together.
So the lucky recipient will be getting a very luxe ornament indeed. The gold threads are made from real gold, plated over silver, and then hammered out very thin. So are the little god spangles. (They cost 10 p each but they add such shine!)
It is worked in a combination of stem stitch, satin stitch couching, straight stich, (for the feet) Feather stitch (guess) and fly stitch for the little breast feathers.
Finally for extra sparkle I added some beads which I didn't use for the TYger Tyger bag.
I like it. Andrea's folky style is interpreted through my love of bling and luxe materials.