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« on: February 27, 2013 12:09:00 PM »

For my applique project I wanted to explore the world under the sea.  I was inspired by a vintage travel poster, but the project doubled in size when I found two beautiful pieces of dyed habotai silk at the knitting and stitching show at Alexandra Palace in the UK which was used for the background.  After 7 seven weeks I came up with this:



its huge!  although most of the stitching takes place in the lower half of the piece.  As this was a project for my course with the Royal School of Needlework, I had certain criteria I had to meet.  I had to include 6 types of edges, they were corded, couched, satin stitched, folded, machined and frayed. 

Working all of this in was a lot of fun, particularly the frayed edges in the waves and making cord with stranded cotton.

Some of the close ups:







The fan coral in the bottom right hand corner was two layers of organza with stitching over the top.  The larger veins are wires which have been couched over, this allows the coral to be shaped slightly



The turtle was fun to do!  he is made entirely separately from the rest of the piece and then stitched on - he is sooooo cute!





A lot of the elements are stitched, however all of the fish and the turtle come from a beautiful fabric I found.  The clarity of the images on it was AMAZING!

Working out the stitching was lots of fun and I used beth8144's brilliant Undersea Hoopla piece as inspiration!



The actual thread is here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=406926.0
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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2013 04:16:53 PM »

That's incredible,I wish I was the girl in the red bikini
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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2013 05:37:52 PM »

That is absolutely amazing.  Seriously. 
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« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2013 07:49:19 AM »

One of the most beautiful things I have seen!
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« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2013 02:25:55 PM »

Amazing variety of stitches.  This rocks!
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« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2013 04:03:14 PM »

This piece is gorgeous! I wish I had your skills!
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« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2013 07:00:44 PM »

I feel like telling you that your work is beautiful is like stating that water is wet.  You did an amazing job!  I hope you are so proud of your piece!
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« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2013 06:39:32 AM »

This is absolutely beautiful!
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« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2013 07:04:56 AM »

Wow!! This is gorgeous! You added so many incredible textural details. I bet it's even more beautiful in person.
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« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2013 10:56:17 AM »

This is absolutely gorgeous!  I could just dive right into that!
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« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2013 08:07:18 PM »

Woweeeeee! This is so incredible in detail and effort.
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« Reply #11 on: March 04, 2013 06:34:06 AM »

This is really gorgeous!
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« Reply #12 on: March 04, 2013 03:18:36 PM »

can you elaborate on the making of her hair?
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« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2013 04:26:52 AM »

thank you for all your kind comments, I really enjoyed this piece (for the most part)

Noelle

the hair is made up of stranded cotton and rayon thread (all I had) and stitched down in bundles of three.  I started just near the neck and worked my way up to the top of the head, as I worked up I started to add in light shades of thread to give her highlights!  

You start by working out how long you want the hair to be and then double it and add a bit extra.  You fold the thread in half and stitch it down in the fold then add a holding stitch over the top of the thread as close to the fold as you can so that it can't be seen, you can use this to determine the direction you want the hair to lay.  Don't smoosh all of the bundles of thread too close together as the hair will end up too bulky.  When you are done adding the hair, you can trim it if it was real hair.  Be careful with tidying up the cut off ends - in this instance I actually "waxed" her legs and surrounding area to get rid of all the fluff.  And yes it did feel a little bizarre to do that!

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« Reply #14 on: March 15, 2013 01:59:59 PM »

thanks for the tips! that's really amazing.
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« Reply #15 on: June 12, 2013 03:45:40 PM »

OH. MY. GOD. Beautiful! Gorgeous!

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