stitchalong shiny bits

Ok, So now we’re going to sew down the gilded leather bits.

With the kits I provided a genrous amount of gilt leather, but I haven’t cut it into the scales along the back. This is so you can make up your own mind as to what shape scales you’d like, I’ve used a gentle scallop, but you could use quite an agressive spiky pattern if you prefer – I’ve included enough leather so you can cut a piece of both and then decide.

Cut the scalloped row slightly longer than you think you need it, it’s best to sew almost to the end and then trim the last bit once you’re sure how it will fit because the way you sew it down can later the length.

Use a strong cotton or linen thread to sew down the leather. Anchor it at the back, and bring it through to the front of the work. Your first stitch should be through the back of the leather, but try not to break the front surface (a leather or glovers needle with a triangular point is best for this). do this at the end of your scalloped row.

You need to allow the scallop to bend, which it will mostly do at it’s narrowest points. Couch over the narrowest points to hold it roughly into place, trim it to shape, and then if you feel you need to do so add a few stitches through the back of the leather to anchor the thicker parts of the scallops.

You just have to use your judgement as to where to lay the scallops along the neck.

You also need to cut a little star out of leather and sew it onto the end of his tail, or you could use a lovely sparkly button if you prefered (I saw some whacking great swarovski ones in Bonds the other day for about six quid each which would have looked spectacular for this, and at that price you can only reallly afford one…)

The gilt strip is couched down in mcuh the same way as the rest of the leather. Start each row with a little stitch through the leather in order to stop it sliding about (it will move around if you don’t) and end each row the same way, but in between all you do is couch it – you don’t need to go through.

Again, don’t cut the end until you get to the end. Use a pair of small scissors to snip it away just before you sew the end down. It’s best to do the longer streches of gold first, and then fill in the short bits with the leftover bits in order to avoid having to join two pieces in the middle of the row.

I did the dragon with gold and the present with silver, but with the kits there should be enough to swap them round if you want – I’ve given you more strips of each than you need.

We’ll do his hat next week and then he’s all ready for Christmas

~ by opusanglicanum on December 3, 2017.

2 Responses to “stitchalong shiny bits”

  1. Six quid for a button? Yikes!

    Maybe for those nervous of cutting in to the leather, cut out scallops or spikes in kitchen foil first, to see which they prefer?

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