Old School Dinosaurs

I’m  busy working on a commission at the moment so I thought I’d share its development.

Sketchfor KH commissiomn

The idea is that it captures themes in the work of the commissioner – so there is a link to the seemingly random composition of space rockets and dinosaurs! There’s more detail to be added but I find that I get so far with the paper prep’ and then have to dive in with the fabric and threads.

I’ve been working through the layers in the design, so the background sky is hand dyed fabric mounted on Pelmet Vilene to give support. I worked the stylised sun and the building separately before applying them to the background – I do this because it can be tricky working through several layers of vilene and also, if mistakes are made, I only have to redo that element – not the whole piece!

So here’s a close up of one side showing a dinosaur emerging from behind the building – I stitched the spikes and scale details before adding it to the background

Dinosaur detail


I’ve also put some thought into trying to make the scene work, despite the disparate elements. So the rocket shoots up

into space with Rainforest trees between it and the dinosaur, this gives a bit of depth to the scene – I hope!

I’ve been using the beautiful Bernina to do the stitching – it’s coping well with the layers!

CAD imagery

However, I’m working on these two creatures with the Super Galaxie- translating my sketches into Computer Aided Embroidery. First draft- they came out too small, so I’ll rescale them and try again – I think the dense stitching and shinier Madeira threads make them seem quite jewel like.

I’m thinking that the metal gate, roughly sketched on the design, will be done on vanishing fabric. It’s quite large but I’ve done pier railings this way before…

I’ll post about progress in a few days!








Published by Donna Cheshire Textiles

I am a professional textile artist specializing in Appliqué and Free Motion machine stitching. In order to create a unique colour palette, I hand dye my own fabrics and then use these to create the landscapes and coastal scenes recorded in my sketchbook. I often incorporate recycled or vintage fabrics in my work - they add meaning to the story the work is telling. I love being so close to the Northumbrian coast and countryside and I especially like taking time walk and draw these stunning landscapes

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