Friday 16 March 2012

Goldwork Tattoo Necklace

I'm getting a lil carried away with my goldwork couching, I admit. But it's so much fun!
I'm currently in discussions with a jewellery designer-maker, with the possibility of a collaborative piece (watch this space - we've got some ideas of how we're going to work together) but in the meantime I thought I'd make a start on something jewellery-related of my own. Which showed willing when I turned up to the interview, and I get something nice and shiny to wear into the bargain.

Total overall dimensions: 3cm x 4cm (including the gold mount)

Simple, really: work an oval of couching, chop it up (!) and mount it into a charity-shop-scavenged find with Superglue. And then it's backed etc. behind. The silver couching thread really shimmers in the light when its worn (I will get a picture of it worn by me, but let's not scare everyone too soon.)

I'm thinking of making these available for sale via Etsy or something - any comments?

Oh, and I was very lucky enough to meet the Duchess of Cambridge last week when she graced RSN with a surprise visit: why didn't I wear this that day? Upon being asked whether I had any work to show her, I wish I could have whipped this out and said 'so, do you have any tattoos yourself?'
(Only joking. Well, possibly. Do they still send people to the Tower for impertinence?)


  1. I'm totally in love with your work. It's so wonderful! Love the or nue and can't wait to try it myself. What did you show the Duchess?

  2. Wow! I love the way that turned out, all that detail and sparkle in such a small embroidery. Well done.

  3. I love your take on Or Nue, I was tempted to take a class here in NZ, but the end result wasn't something I liked, you have re-inspired me to learn this technique! thanks!!

  4. That's great, I would definitely buy one from your Etsy store!