Peacock embroidery with fme and applique by Nicky Perryman Textile Artist

Pretty Peacock

Shimmer shimmer shimmer. It’s taking forever to “sequinize” this peacock embroidery. I really want to finish it soon but peacock bedazzling can’t be rushed. Sewing them on by hand is painstakingly slow. Sigh.

The section of “feathers” at the back of the peacock’s neck – between the tail are made from large sequins bonded on, using bondaweb, and baking parchment to make sure the sequins don’t stick to the iron. The sequins will melt together and form a stiff layer which can be quite interesting. Sometimes it goes really brittle so you have to stitch it before that happens – I stitched through them by machine using a stitch pattern I know works well and will hold them on if the bonding fails. It feels weird stitching through them, almost like stitching through a layer of thin toffee!

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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.


  1. Silvi Gaunt says:

    LOVE IT – how much is the peacock please?

  2. Barbs Linares via Facebook says:


  3. stunning!! I attach sequins with french knots. 🙂

  4. Sandra Whitaker Myer via Facebook says:

    Such beautiful work. Love the colors and the testure

  5. Nicky Williams via Facebook says:


  6. Scruffy Pir Ate Day via Facebook says:

    I love your peacock. The colours are beautiful.

  7. I use a glue from Stewart Gill paints called beadhesive.

  8. Rachel Biel via Facebook says:

    It’s just gorgeous, Nicky!

  9. Gosh – that’s beeeeautiful!

  10. Marilyn Stephens via Facebook says:

    Stunning work Nicky xx

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