An embroidered alphabet: letter S

Embroidered letter S (hand embroidered by Mary Addison)

Just a brief post as this week end we’re up in Yorkshire visiting family. We spent this morning at the end of term concert by the  Saturday morning music school, which is always good fun. As you can imagine, up here where the tradition of brass bands in coal mining villages hasn’t died out (although the pits themselves have), the brass section is always very strong. Great noise, great fun.

Embroidered letter S (hand embroidered by Mary Addison)

Had fun with this Suzani inspired S. Layer upon layer of silk appliquéd to a black silk base called out for good strong colouring, so embroidered the S in a vibrant electric blue. (S padded out with chain stitch on a white felt base).

Sketches of various Ss found online

Sketches of various Ss found online

Below are a couple more embroidered Ss.

Fancy calligraphic style S (hand embroidered by Mary Addison)

Linen cushion embroidered with daisies and initial S

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  1. Posted December 8, 2018 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    Love the variety of Ss you have here – a great demonstration of the different effects available.
    Enjoy Yorkshire!

    • Mary Addison
      Posted December 9, 2018 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

      Thank you Rachel. You can have such fun with letter shapes.
      Yorkshire v. enjoyable!

  2. Jane from Dorset
    Posted December 9, 2018 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    I always find myself wondering what you use to mark the outline of the design onto the fabric. Any tips or have you mentioned this in a previous post?

    I miss those biscuit recipes by-the-way.

    • Mary Addison
      Posted December 9, 2018 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

      Nice to hear from you again, Jane.
      I use an ordinary HB pencil – very lightly – tracing the design from a drawn version underneath using a light box. I then might go over the design with running threads in 2 strand embroidery thread, which I sometimes pull out as I go along. If it’s white on white linen, I might wash the lines out after the running stitch and lightly iron the fabric when it’s slightly damp. With this S, I drew the design on double sided iron on vilene which I then ironed on to a piece of felt. I then cut the felt along the drawn marks on the ironed on vilene, then remove that layer and lightly iron that on to the base fabric. (This doesn’t stick well, so I quickly slip stitch the felt in place.) Then I embroider over the felt. Much easier than it sounds!
      I keep thinking I’ll do biscuits for the U3A but life is too erratic for regular posts.
      We should meet in Loop sometime (or in Kipferl, a café along Camden Passage?

      • Jane from Dorset
        Posted December 12, 2018 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

        Thank you for your instructions. You have encouraged me to take up my needle and thread again.
        Nice idea to meet in London near Loop. I have alternative ideas if you wish to contact me via email.
        I’m hoping that life will be less erratic if I retire!

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