Tuesday, 17 April 2012


Here are some eventual samples I have done featuring Egyptian motifs. For most of them, I have used foils being the magpie that I am, and one also has a lino motif melted into the fabric. I am actually very pleased with the outcome of these and particularly love the scarab sample I have embroided into, from the colours to the textures, I'm just not sure what I want to do with it yet!

The foil I used was actually loose sheet foil which you buy pieces of in boxes, and I chose the multi-coloured one for the gorgeous steel and coral tones mixed with the gold, which I felt went very well with my project. I think the rough texture of the foil along with the built up embroidery reflects the Luke Brooke collection as one of my inspirations.

I think I will definitely embroid and embellish the lino sample, as I feel it could turn out quite well, and I also plan to cut out the foiled leather sample with bird motifs, which I think works well on its own due to the unusual combination. I like the use of black leather in this project as it enhances the mix of textures and adds some needed structure and toughness.


  1. Hi Melanie, and thanks for following my blog! I can see you have some pretty exciting things going on right now. Good luck with your business plan and studies! I like the Egyptian theme you're exploring. Ancient symbols are fascinating. I'm into rock carvings and runes myself and want to explore them more in the future. Have a great week!

  2. I absolutely love your work with foils and embroidery combined. the top motif sample is my absolute favourite. Well done Mel! Keep on keeping on...definitely travelling in a great direction.