Wednesday, 15 May 2013

WOYWW and Red Coral Embroidery

If you saw my previous post you'll know that I am in the middle of a wonderful embroidery course by Karen Ruane and I am having great fun.  This week I have been working on a piece of free machine embroidery based on the theme of red coral.  On my work desk is the first page of a sketch book I started a while ago on this coral idea, a selection of red threads and felt beads and a gorgeous piece of silk sari strip that I was desperate to use but it just didn't work with this!

I free machine embroidered the background on dyed cotton scrim, I wove red ribbon through it and then started the hand embroidery - I don't have much more to do but I do want to embroider the felt dome and possibly add another one.

 The design for the little flower was taken directly from the torn out coral picture on my desk - I was going to do several but I wasn't happy with how it turned out so I decided not to.

I am linking up with WOYWW, where people get to nosy about at other people's work desks - it's great fun, why not go and have a peep!


  1. This is just beautiful, Diana!
    So vibrant and also bringing to life your artwork.
    Very inspirational!
    Sue/ Zue xx

  2. How interesting! I've never seen anything like this! It's very beautiful. :0)
    Paisley and Brown Paper (59)

  3. I love this idea, love this shade of red. Oh now, I do wish that I was so talented. I know nothing about sewing, other than taking in hems and sewing on buttons. You have such a gift! Really beautiful!

  4. OMG - I could just die !!! This is the most amazing thing I've ever seen !!!! How awesomely clever you are.. it knocks my socks off. :-D
    Happy WOYWW 206 - I'm sooo glad I came over x

    Ike xx #101

  5. Once again, I love it! And, the color is just fantastic! I love the different textures and how they all add something to the embroidery!

  6. How long did it take you to do all that hand embroidery? It looks incredibly complex to do but is so effective. The red on red is just such a fab idea...I wouldn't have thought of that but it's brilliant!
    Hugs, LLJ 29 xx

  7. this is something new to me and I have to say wow, just look at all the different layers and textures all out of the same colour. Amazing
    Have a great WOYWW today and a fabby week
    Ria #21

  8. Beautiful...I wouldn't know where to start! The colour is stunning. Happy WOYWW.

  9. Hi Diana
    this is really unusual and gorgeous colours. I look forward to seeing the finished piece. I hear you might be in town tomorrow do try and pop in to say Hi i will have my little beaded box with me if you would like to see it 'in the flesh' before I give it to my friend at lunch time.
    janet #29

  10. This is looking really lovely - be great to see the finished piece!

  11. Your embroidery is wonderful, I love all the texture!

    Happy Woyww,

    Sandy #89

  12. Oh my gosh, it's absolutely delicious! I'm just in awe...

  13. Wow, Diana! This is fabulous. I absolutely loved the neutral colours of your lace embroidery, but I love this coral even more!
    Jane x

  14. It's a shame coral is so hard, Diana, because this looks so good that I could eat it lol lol!!! What a stunning piece of work. It reminds me of my embroidery days and how I should get back to it. I adore the rich coral colour and the subtle blend of shades you've created, and embroidering on dyed scrim is an inspiration - it's just fabulous how the loose threads pull apart and create such interesting textures. Your sketch is lovely, too, and I do like the contrast of the cool blue-grey with the vibrant coral colours. I'm going to bookmark this page so I can look at it often! Do please show us the finished piece!

    Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog, and I'm glad you're enjoying the virtual tour of Romania. I am really looking foward to doing a post on the textiles and folk art because this blows my mind away - the vibrant colours etc. Unfortunately by the time I went, it was rare for people to be wearing Romanian national clothes everyday, and I didn't see any, but when my hubby first visited, they were everywhere.


  15. Oh my word! This is the most amazing thing I've seen! It's so organic and .. And.. it's just awesome! Can't wait to see how you finish this out. a bit late with my visit...Happy WOYWW! Nan G #17