I am trying something completely different: embroidery in the technique couching (in swedish läggsöm). This is a very old form of embroidery used over a thousand years. The famous Bayeux tapestry is made using couching.
I use two different golden threads, one is super thin for the stiches and one slightly thicker with which I make the forms. The thin one “couches” the form-thread. It is not difficult but an extreme test of my patience.
I have been enlightened about my way of stitching: I use Franken patterns! That is, I combine parts from different patterns just like the doctor Frankenstein.
I just love that notion because it very much descripes what I do – adjust, change, combine.
Here is one example: my 1930’s velvet top with lace (sorry about the photo). I used one pattern for the shoulderpart, one for the arms and one for the bottom.
And this jumpsuit is the perfect example: the top is a 1940’s dresspattern, Hollywood Patters, and the bottom is a 1940’s pyjama pattern, Simplicity pattern 4757.