Turquoise egg

Turquoise egg

I have been busy making more pieces to illustrate my soon to launch Fabergé-inspired egg workshop, and I am going to put them on the blog in fairly quick succession.

This one is one of the flat panels that I have been making.  It is made of silk and wool tweed that I bought on Etsy.  It is the most lovely stuff imaginable to work with because it feels fabulous in your hand with lots of drape, but it doesn’t particularly fray.  I also think that the muted colours are quite reminiscent of Fabergés pastel palette in many of his pieces.  Again the weave echoes his machine-worked enamelling called guilloché which I described in a previous post.  The use of the beads and the way they are applied is a reference to his dedication to skill and expertise.  He was adamant in public statements that the price of the stones didn’t matter; the level of craft in working them did.  In this piece I used some turquoise type beads that I bought in Leicester:

Turquoise egg detail

The big trefoil beads have holes in the sides for stringing which I used to stitch them on, but I have learned if you want beads to be very precisely spaced like this in a repeating pattern, then it is as well to put a bit of pva behind them, let it dry and then stitch them on.  Otherwise no matter how careful I am they move and spoil the effect.  The beads around the edge which are there to anchor down the egg appliqué as well as to add decoration are applied with blanket stitch.  Once they were all on I went over the vertical element of the blanket stitch with raised chain band which gives the knotted effect, which I think just adds a bit.


  Raised chain band – not as complicated as it looks.
Blanket stitch


The finished piece feels really lovely.  It is drapey because of the silk in the mix, but it is also heavy with beads, and the trefoils form quite a dense tactile surface.  Fabergé wanted his work to delight people, and, although I am blowing my own trumpet, this piece is delightful.

4 thoughts on “Turquoise egg

  1. Your description of the fabric makes me want to reach out and feel it on the screen! This would be a fantastic page in a fabric book. Sharon Boggon initiated a Facebook group for fabric book makers on 22nd August and it has almost 1000 members already.

    1. Thanks for this and for taking the time to comment. I will look up the fabric book makers page. I went to a fantastic exhibition in Lampeter at the quilt museum last week and it is the only time I have ever REALLY wanted to touch the quilts. So frustrating. But that silk/wool tweed really is fabulousl.

  2. Just love those trefoil beads; been meaning to send you this link ever since you started on the eggs project http://fabergemuseum.ru/en It’s from a private collection in St Petersburg which opened as a museum at the end of 2013 in an amazingly restored city palace which I was lucky enough to visit in 2014 on holiday. It wasn’t planned, just happened across it whilst wandering aimlessly (one of my favourite ways of exploring cities). Just managed to get in on the last few tickets of the English speaking tour; will tell you more when I see you next. The museum is beyond opulent with a large collection of many beautiful and not so beautiful shiny things including 9 eggs which the oligarch bought from the late Malcolm Forbes estate. Whilst there aren’t many egg images on the website, it’s well worth a look just to get an overall impression, there’s a rather clever 360degree tour!

    1. Thanks for this. I will check out the website. i always think the Malcolm Forbes story is a bit sad. Mad collector of them and then his sons flog ’em the minute he croaks. Probably not the official explanation.

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