Chapter 7: Starry Night







Various versions of Halley’s Comet


Van Gogh Starry, starry night


Rejected design 1


The wavy lines of paint remind me more of a rough sea than a sky with clouds and stars, although I keep returning to Halley’s Comet.

Ideas to try to give the impression of moving atmosphere:

Stitch the swirls – isolate the main line and using gold thread and a star machine pattern reproduce it on grey organza.  Then either side of this line, stitch repeats of the following: Isti mirant Stella (they wondered at the star from the Bayeux Tapestry border), Twinkle, twinkle little star; Starry, starry night, Swirling clouds in violet haze; and Star of wonder, star of night.  [I did consider ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ but decided against it].

This would give a piece of shadow to cut up and add to streaks of colour across the background: Markal crayon of the cypress trees on polyester satin.

The design on p.64 looks too much like cartoon ghosts to be anything but silly, so that’s a no.

I’m inclined to think that something similar to the sheers on p.43

might be combined with some of the above and the Expandaprint and Bronze powder/Goldfinger might be the answer.


Polycotton bondawebbed to felt, Expandaprint with Bronze powder and free macining in metallic threads.

Painted textured wallpaper

With Bronze powder


Crumpled tissue paper

With Goldfinger

Printed and stitched Kadi paper

With Goldfinger


Cable stitch, twin needle, textured lace


With Goldfinger

Digimax A50 / KENOX Q2

Digimax A50 / KENOX Q2

The more textured the better,


Resolved Sample Shadow Work 1

Halley’s Comet and the Leonids

Paper mock-up


Background: Teal Polyester Satin with Markal Cypress tree shadow, and metallic free machining.  Edge: Machine utility stitch 3 in teal thread and Machine pattern 60 in metallic thread.

Comet trail:  Trace the moving line from Starry Night (p.63) onto soluble paper and work on a double layer of grey organza.  Machine pattern 78 in gold.

Moving line

Using free machining and different colours, ‘taking a line for a walk’ (Margaret Rivers, a dear friend) using the phrases: ‘twinkle little star’, ‘illi mirant stella’ (they wondered at the star – Bayeux Tapestry edge with Halley’s Comet), ‘starry night’, and ‘clouds in violet haze’ (Don McLean song)

Taking a line for a walk

Close-up with dark copper and multi-coloured gold stars on the outside of the words

Stage 1: First layer of Leonids bondawebbed

Stages 2 & 3: with free machining

Stage 4: Comet trail appliqued

Stage 5: More Leonids (pattern 47)

Stage 6: Zig-zag edge

Stage 7: Final Leonids bondawebbed

Stage 8: Machine pattern 25 (not as good as hoped) and free machining similar to Comet on the Bayeux Tapestry

Stage 9: Golden Leonid

Stage 10: Finished sample


We have a new, new printer; much more complicated (yuk) than any previous ones.  I THINK if you click on the link p71, the scan should come up.  Please let me know if it doesn’t, as I haven’t tried scanning anything on this printer before.


This is a photocopy of the background with the cut out Leonids etc before they were bondawebbed, as I altered the design from the paper and cellophane one.