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Embroidery the Royal School of Needlework way

Last summer a friend and I went on an embroidery course run by the Royal School of Needlework in Hampton Court on the outskirts of London. It was an excellent day where I learned some stitches i didn’t know already and how to start and finish and generally embroider the Royal School of Needlework way! Don’t get me wrong…I will never be as good as the graduates of the School who often go on to work on royal wedding dresses and other such things but it was certainly interesting to get an insight into how they worked.
On the day I started a piece of embroidery that I got to take away to finish…and earlier this year I finished it…ok I know it should not have taken quite that long but i have a lot of things going on at the same time.

Here is the finished product…
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Now I have to figure out the best way to mount and display it in my house 🙂

next project based on these new skills is to design my own piece of embroidery. I am thinking

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embroidered versions of patterns like this…this will take some thinking about..

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Further investigation of image transfer

Good afternoon, I though it was time for another update. I have been carrying on with my experiments in image transfer and getting some interesting results. I have mede some discoveries along the way and though i would share them here (and record them lest i forget)

The first thing i have learned is that hessian is not an easy surface to transfer images to…it is quite bumpy and has holes in it…

However…if you do want to transfer to hessian it is possible but it works better if you but at least 3 layers of acrylic medium, probably more so that it wont all rub off when you try to get the backing off…

Closer weaved fabrics work a lot better, calico is relatively sucessful. Hard surfaces such as wood (the only hard surface i have tried so far, work much better too.

I have also discovered that the type of medium also makes a difference, I have tried the Windsor and Newton Matt and Gloss Mediums and the Liquitex gloss medium, the Liquitex version seems to work much better for this application, I might have to do a direct comparison of all three on the same photo and the same surface at some point.

So that is what i have learnt…here are some photos of what i have done with some of the previous image transfers and some new projects.
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The wood transfers are in the middle of drying after i took the backing paper off with water, which is why their colour looks a little odd. They need a little bit more attention in places.


Inspired by alpacas

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