And sew it is finished….

A day of rest following a lot of paint stripping (we are redecorating the outside of the house), and I finally managed to finish the ‘Bird on a Wire’ goldwork project by Helen Stevens. I am quite pleased with the results, although I think that I will need to work further on my ‘s-ing’ (the technique used to form the branch) as this is not of equal size along the length of the branch.


I have learnt a lot of new techniques during this project, including basket weaving and using gold plate, and have to say that at the moment I am really enamoured (maybe a little strong!) with goldwork. But what to do with this piece next – is the only option to mount and frame it for a wall? Any ideas?

And sew to the next project……. anyone who knows me, knows that I love brooches and that before becoming a teacher I worked as an entomologist studying ground beetles (amongst other things) – what better project could there be if I combined both interests? I bought Jane Nicholas’ book ‘The Stumpwork Beetle Collection’ sometime ago and have been wanting to attempt one of her projects for a long time – but did not feel I had the appropriate skills in goldwork. But why not now?

The thing is – I want to go big! I love the stylized gold beetle so maybe I will use this, although the appearance of 8 legs does not sit right with me, so he needed a little adapting. Apologies but drawing is not my forte…


Now all I need to decide is which method of padding to use – do I follow Jane Nicholas’ method, or maybe simple stuff an outline of material as I did for the 3D goldwork bird by Helen Richman.

About wybrow1966

My name is Deborah, and my earliest recollection of being creative is learning how to smock at primary school. We had a wonderful, white-haired lady who came in once a week to teach the 'girls' how to sew. I am not sure what the boys got up to during this time - but I never once felt as though I was missing out on anything. Now, as a primary teacher, I often give up evenings to teach enthusiastic children how to embroider. I am now just about to embarked into the world of blogging. Who knows if anyone will be interested, or if I can even keep it up. But here goes....
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8 Responses to And sew it is finished….

  1. Dima says:

    I’m really looking forward to seeing this progress.

  2. Catherine says:

    Congratulations on the finish! He looks lovely. Something to look forward to in your Certificate 😊
    I too love Jane Nicholas books, but haven’t ever done much other than look at them! Looking forward to watching this develop 😊

  3. thepeepers says:

    The gold bird looks incredible!

  4. claire93 says:

    oooh you’ve got lots of really interesting crafting going on. Love the bird, am intrigued by the beetle, and you different stitch squares look fab.

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