Friday, 17 April 2015

Game of Thrones - Up close with the Embroidery of Michele Carragher

I recently had the opportunity to attend a fantastic evening sharing the work of Michele Carragher, the Embroiderer on a Game of Thrones.
Her work is breath taking. Her techniques of layering detail on detail; bead work, fabric painting, brocade, thread, applique and textile manipulation creates such beautiful pieces.

Here are just a small selection of the photos I took.

Michele Carragher

These are some of her famous collars from the Game of Thrones show.








These fabrics were painted with a design outline and then embroidered and beaded. 
Michele utilises techniques she learned whist working in textile restoration; working a design onto light weight fabric before layering it onto the finished garment.

This embroidery appears on the dress of  Myrcella Baratheon in Season 5

Bought fabrics - lace and brocades - are sometimes used as a starting point for some of her pieces.


The designs are stunning. Fish scales and bugs are layered up and applied to garments.



For further work by Michele, check out her website - she is a truly gifted lady.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Hand Embroidery Samples 6 ..... Chain Stitch

Chain stitch is another stitch I have used for many years but had never thought about it in any other way other than in a line or for writing lettering (curves). Experimenting was fantastic.  This is a sample of Chain Stitch on Irish Linen using threads including DMC stranded embroidery thread, silk, variegated wool, Appleton Tapestry wool, hand dyed linen, Sylko 50 weight cotton sewing thread and imitation silk.


The following experimental sample was created on hessian mounted onto calico, with threads including  silk weaving yarn (on the cone) from Stephen Walters Silk Weavers, Madeira Lame, Appleton Crewel wool and hand dyed linen.



I hope you are inspired to have a play with threads and experiment too!
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