Saturday, January 28, 2012
Initialled denim shorts
I decided to adapt something from the Dover book of Celtic designs that I reckon I have owned for at least 35 years.
The Dover outline was crisp and clear. I managed to adapt this to a letter 'F', by reversing the image and manipulating the front legs and one wing.
I then traced it on to Solvi - not my favourite method, but the only way I could see to do it on dark denim.
I then went to Hettie's Patch and supplemented the threads I had with a range of lion colours. They had a new range of Cosmos stranded thread, with some really rich colours.
The Solvi worked fairly well.
I used mostly stem stitch but also tried out a double chain, some buttonhole bars and fly stitch to give texture to the wings.
The teeth and mouth gave me most trouble. Mine does not look as fierce as the original.
I realised I would need to explain a bit about winged lions, evangelist symbols and illuminated manuscripts, so I did a bit of online research, found a few photos and created a photo book that hopefully gives a bit of context.
I am pleased with the result and Fionn likes it too.