After spending so long on my Jacobean crewel work I felt the need to do something fun and frivolous. So today I spent the day at Hampton Court learning how to make a stumpwork bumble bee brooch with Rachel Doyle as tutor.
The morning was spent on turkey rug stitch which forms the main part of the bee’s body. Once the stitches were complete you then had to cut them all back to give a bushy effect. It was with crossed fingers and legs that I took to the scissors! Then in the afternoon we wrapped wire to make antennae and legs.
During the final part of the day we learned how to make the little wings by sewing on a very fine mesh. As always there is never quite enough time to finish the project, but here was my progress at the end of the day….
I was hoping to put it all together when I got home – but after being caught in a major traffic jam for 2hours, I thought better of it. So will post my finished brooch later.
Happy stitching everyone!