Monday, 29 July 2013

DOTD skull and scrimshaw sketches

A little finished embroidery. I bought this fab book of transfers, it a bit of a bargain as you get quite a few patterns and most of them are very cool. Some are very detailed though so would take a long time to stitch. The pastel colours on the skull are from sublime stitching floss- I am pretty pleased with my colour choices on this one. 
I thought I'd share some sketches I have been doing- these are destined for embroidery- they will be framed in a tooth/tusk shape as you can see on the whale. I want them to look like scrimshaw, I'm thinking probably a tusk shaped tea dyed cotton with the embroidery on, which will then be appliqued onto a dark (navy) background or possibly just a large piece of cotton lightly tea stained with a darker tea stain applied with a brush around the tusk.

I might do some mini ones to try it out- it's nice to be thinking about doing something of my own again rather than working from a pattern. I have a couple of other WIPs nearly done, I might not have blogged much recently but I have still been stitching!!


  1. I love your skull, its beautiful and so detailed. Intrigued by the idea of scrimshaw embroidery.

    1. Thank you so much! I'm excited by the scrimshaw themed pieces, itching to get started on them: )

  2. The skull is awesome! I would love to see the boot!

  3. Thanks Opossum, perhaps I'll do a post about the book of transfers - it is definitely worth getting if you like day of the dead stuff.

  4. So beautiful Sewphie! The skull must have taken forever to stitch.
    Also, exciting to see your plans for your own design. Looking forwards to seeing how you progress :) b.x


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