goldwork sampler pendants

A couple of weeks ago I did a small sampler of goldwork for a class at the AShmolean. Then whilst I was there I pretty much did another as a demonstration. So when I got home I decided to see what wouls happen if I made one into a pendant.

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So I did the first one with the swagged bits and wasn’t sure, so out of curiosity I made the other one up plain so I could compare. Obviously there was no point asking Gareth what he thought because he hates all jewellery, especialy if it’s gold, doubly so if it’s sparkly- he was making faces just taking the photo for me.

I don’t really wear jewellery much, so I’ll probably sell one and keep the other as a sample.

For anyone who was at class and has finished thiers, this is how I put the pendant together.

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First I trimmed the backing fabric to within about3/8 inch, taking the inner layer right up to the embroidery

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Then I roughly tacked the linen behiind the embroidery, taking care to get the edge folded in as tight as possible.

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THen I took about six niches of gilt twist and began by sewing one end right up the centre back

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I looped the twist around to make a bail?suspension loop, making sure to keep the loop slightly to one side. Then I began sewing the twsit around the edge of the piece.

 

 

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By sewing the twist on from the back, you push it forwards, thereby minimising any gaps between the twist and the edge of the embroidery.

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Once I’d sewn the twist all the way around I looped it over again (this is why I sewed the first loop slightly to one side) and stitched it down the back. I sewed the two loops together to make them sturdy.

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Finally I sewed a tiny scrap of silk to cover the back. Before sealing the fourth side I slipped a little scrap of card inside for stability.

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I got up early to go to work this morning. It was very difficult because someone was hogging my blanky

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~ by opusanglicanum on June 2, 2015.

15 Responses to “goldwork sampler pendants”

  1. I think both work, but one looks wearable on many occasions and the other looks like jewellery for a dance costume.

  2. It makes a gorgeous pendant. My preference is for the simple organza – lets the pendant speak for itself. Just wondering what on earth made you think that was your blanky in the first place?!

  3. I would choose the plain one because I don’t wear so many “swagged bits” in my clothing or jewellery.
    But I agree with virtosewadventures, the elaborate version would make good jewellery for a dance costume.

  4. I prefer the simpler one as I dont like fussy things and the other one would irritate me!!

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