Saturday, February 26, 2011

{Embroidery Week} Carousel Collar

Sorry for the rather late post - I'm a little behind schedule on the projects I had planned for this week! Here's what I've been working on today - it's not finished yet, but I thought I'd share anyway.

The inspiration came from a recent episode of Marple - an embroidered blouse worn by Joanna Lumley as Dolly Bantry caught my eye:

At first I couldn't quite decide whether it was decorated with little 'native' huts or carousels. Seen again in a later scene it looks more likely to be huts, but by then I was rather taken with the idea of a carousel embroidered collar - in fact if I'm honest that idea is largely responsible for the whole of this Embroidery Week!

I originally intended to use the second of the two identical silk blouses I bought in a charity shop (the other I monogrammed earlier this week), but because the design I'd prepared was a little tight for space on the silk blouse I decided to use a plain white viscose/rayon blouse I recently won for 99p on ebay instead.

I used dressmaker's carbon paper to transfer the design to the collar - it wasn't ideal, as the carbon paper requires quite a lot of pressure to get the colour to come off, so getting all the detail transferred clearly was difficult.

As I did for my monogram, I'm using pure silk thread. This time I'm using only a single thickness though, which makes the work more time consuming and requires more accuracy, but because of the amount of detail to the design I thought it was best. Helpful hint: if you're a beginner embroiderer, don't decide to satin stitch tiny, complex shapes for your second project.

Despite the work involved though, I'm pretty darn excited about how it looks so far! Only another day of stitching on the other side (you might not be able to see in the photo, but I printed it mirrored so the two sides will be symmetrical) to go...

I can't decide what to do with the collar revers though - they look kind of bare. I'm thinking about some backstitch-outlined 'admit one' tickets. What do you think?


  1. "Admit One" tickets would be really cute. Great job!

  2. Oh my gosh, that is *too* cute!
    I admire your embroidery! Mine always looks so sad... hehe.

  3. I love this embroidery design so cute

  4. I think tickets would be darling! I'm very impressed with the little carousel! It's just adorable.

  5. Brilliant! It's whimsical yet elegant at the same time. Reminds me of a photo of my Grandmother from the early 40's: her collar was embroidered with her initials.

  6. Oooh I love the little carousel! It came out great!

  7. I used to LOVE embroidering. This inspires me! what a great job you did on that adorable carousel!!

  8. So sweet. I was hoping to find the transfer that you used for the carousel!


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