Friday, 30 December 2011

WIP: embroidery on filigree

Here's another current WIP (work in progess) I've been playing around with. My idea was to embroider with cotton floss on a piece of cast filigree sort of in the same way you can use jewellery components like these for embroidered jewellery. (That type of components can also be used for beading and just plain odd things.)

This filigree is cast and has less sharp edges than several of my thin stamped filigrees so I hope it's easier on the soft thread -- my biggest worry, embroidering on metal, is that the hard edges will wear down the embroidery threads.

This is a WIP rather than a finished piece by now mainly because I've got no idea what to embroider: what colours to use, what pattern to create, what other stitches (if any) to use. It's just a doodle and I haven't got an inkling how I want to finish it. Guess it could be left as it is, but I want something more -- though without totally obscuring the pretty pattern in the filigree. And preferrably it shouldn't have any beads as it's not meant to be a bead embroidery.

Well, well... no idea when it'll be finished, but hopefully soon. And perhaps I'll get some ideas from the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge, which begins already next week (yes, it's almost 2012 already!).


If you're interest in seeing what the filigree looked like before being embroidered (not that it's covered up that much -- yet), here's a pic from the shop I got if from, Perles & Co. (You can click on the pic to go directly to the product page for a bigger photo.)

Round Filigree finding 46mm black nickel tone x1


  1. What a lovely idea. It opens up so many possibilities. Besides jewellry items it would look good on let buckles as well.

    Wishing you and your loved ones a very happy New Year, may it bring you gifts of joy, health and happiness and lots of stitching time for you.

  2. Oh, what a great idea! Keep us posted on the progress. I love how you keep exploring the possibilities. Have a wonderful New Year!

  3. Thank you! I have more or less finished it now so I promise to show a new photo of it soon.


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