Embroidered Scarf

Embroidered tulleI think this is the last entry to show you from Otley Show. The class was for ‘a scarf, any medium’, I don’t knit and I ran out of time to do a silk painted one. This was one of those projects that sort of develops as you go along, working out the practicalities on the way!

My starting point was a beautiful length of embroidered tulle, I bought it in 2006 when I was planning our wedding. I rummaged around in my silk remnant drawer, I had a length of soft gold silk dupion that matched perfectly but it wasn’t quite big enough unfortunately, so I settled for a warm ivory silk, I think it was called oyster (bought in 1990 for my first wedding dress!!!)

Silk scarf

I decided to try to continue the pattern onto the silk ends, I stitched a piece of silk onto each end then embroidered with chain stitch stems, lazy daisy flowers and satin stitch leaves. Gold beads in the centre of each flower add a bit of sparkle. The first end went really well, I wasn’t as pleased with the second end as I realised the stems and the flowers were going the other way, which made it more difficult to get the design to flow. Altogether though I was pleased with the effect.

Silk scarfTo complete the scarf I need to edge it in the silk, I decided to sort of  ‘log cabin’ it with a length down each side, folded over on itself and slip-stitched at the edge. That sorted the long edges out nicely, I just had to neaten the short ends…

I wanted to put a beaded fringe on to give the ends a bit of weight. I found a perfect trim in Boyes in Skipton. I was very impressed with their haberdashery department, they had some beautiful laces  and trims, so I’ll have to go back and check out their  haberdashery and fabrics when I have a bit more time.

Silk scarfI mulled over the next bit for about three days, how to attach the trim and finish the edge. The ribbon of the trim wasn’t a close enough match to have it showing, because of the way I’d stitched the sides on I couldn’t just tuck it all under…I finally sussed it! I stitched it ‘log-cabin’ style like the sides but in two halves, a front and a back, with the beading in the middle!

My scarf didn’t win any prizes but I’m pleased with it, it will be nice to wear going out in the evenings.

Silk Scarf

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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4 Responses to Embroidered Scarf

  1. This is stunning! I can’t believe you didn’t win a prize for this! It will look lovely when you wear it and I admire your patience in completing it!


  2. Gail says:

    A beautiful scarf and unique too…no one else has one just like it! Wear it with pride!


  3. Gorgeous! Your creativity is amazing!


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