At last here is the cover of my look book, I have been meaning to post this for ages, but I've been so absorbed in my current projects. I have finished uni for the summer so I've started making a couple of things to keep myself busy! The cover of my look book uses one of the backgrounds which I used in some of the photos inside the book. The embroidered and fabric flowers which make up the circle surrounding the text were cut from photos of a sample I made last year and then arranged on top of the background picture.
In other news, whilst I was at Bristol Costume a few weeks ago the costumes I was working on were for the dance group, Groove Thing, on Britain's Got Talent. There's a few pictures of the costumes being worn during the group's performance below which was broadcast in May.
Out of all the techniques and crafts I have tried in my lifetime, hand embroidery remains my absolute favourite. I first discovered how much I enjoyed it when I embroidered the lips, nose and eyes on a rag doll which I made when I was little. Last summer my parents bought me a book about stumpwork embroidered flowers (The book is called Stumpwork Flowers by Sachiko Morimoto) for my birthday. This started my love of stumpwork embroidery and after stitching the strawberry plant in the book, I incorporated the technique into a couple of my samples which I made for my summer project, two of which are pictured on my home page. I'm never not making something so my project for the past couple of weeks has been embroidering this wreath of stumpwork flowers. The flowers in this piece are all featured in Stumpwork Flowers, but I have slightly altered some of the drawings to make them curve round into the loose wreath shape. Once I had embroidered all the flowers, I added two bees and a caterpillar on the strawberry leaf. The caterpillar was inspired by the seeds on a watercress flower which is featured in the book but I mixed dark brown and black strands of thread to create a kind of stripy effect. What I love most about stumpwork is the variety of stitches used to create a single piece and the 3D elements, which of course are what stumpwork is all about. I have plans to do some more stumpwork soon with my own drawings.
Towards the end of the week I will post a picture of my look book and the costumes I was working on at Bristol Costume. I was on more work experience the other week, this time with Sue Cole, who makes specialist curtains, blinds, loose covers and upholstery. She taught me so much and gave me really useful tips, I even got to visit Badminton Estate to look at the curtains she has made for them.