Umbel Flower Embroidery

Green Umbels update

This one has been hanging around for a while after I finished the chain stitching on it and decided that it needs stretching badly before I can continue with it. Having nowhere to stretch things doesn’t help as the corkboard I used to stretch embroideries on is in my brother’s partner’s dad’s garage collecting dust and woodlice! I am wondering if I can improvise and stretch it over a silk painting frame? Not sure if that would work as well though.

Even so, I decided to add some sequins to make the umbel heads flower and they do come alive with all those teensy flowery paillettes I’m so fond of. I feel a bit guilty using them sometimes – I think maybe it’s a cop out and I really should embroider all the flowers instead of using a precut bit of plastic. But hey, I like the effect anyway. I think I will add in some leaves and more stitching once I have finished the sequins and then stretch it really hard as its so rippled it just won’t lie flat at all. The images are clickable for a larger view.

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Nicky Perryman

Hey, I'm a textile artist based in the UK. I like playing around with fabric paint, stitching both hand and machine embroidery and I have far too many sequins. I'm inspired by nature, its mysteries, subtleties, delights and complexities. The outer natural world has its counterpart in the inner spiritual world and I am also inspired by folklore, poetry, fairytales, stories of long ago when the spirits of nature seemed less shy than they do today, as well as my own shamanic journeys into the dreamland.

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