Goldwork Turtle

Just loved this design by Georgina Bellamy of  @thatembroiderygirl . The pattern and instructions can be found in a lovely book called ‘Passion for Needlework’ published by @inspirationsstudios . They are a good introduction to anyone interested in 3D goldwork embroidery and there are lots of diagrams included, which I find very helpful when trying to envisage each process along the way.

As with all goldwork – the main work is in the padding. I started first on making the shell which consisted of at least 6 layers of thick felt covered with a thin white felt. Onto this I drew the shapes that were to be filled with chippings and outlined them in gold pearl purl.

As you can see in the picture above I have began to add the chippings to the segments on the shell. Once the shell had been completed it was back to padding work. The turtle is constructed in two parts – the shell and the base.

Now that the base is completed I can start adding the metal threads – which is the fun part. I will keep you all posted as I progress.

Happy stitching everyone.

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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6 Responses to Goldwork Turtle

  1. kathyreeves says:

    Looking great! You are a gold work master I think!

  2. This is looking good. Chipwork can be very effective, can’t it!

  3. It was hard to resist this one when I saw it in Inspirations but I’m glad it has turned out to be a fun project!

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