Wow. That title sounds a little dark and quite ominous, doesn’t it?
Well, when I say stitching a skull, I mean a sugar skull. Let me take you on a little journey. We’re heading back to October 2014. FlyBoy and I discovered a show called Ink Master. Honestly, I’ll watch just about anything and get really REALLY enthused about these shows.
Ink Master is a show, where a dozen (or so) tattoo artists must compete in challenges. Each week focuses on a different tattooing skill set. At the end of the challenges, the artists are critiqued by the judges and the person with the weakest tattoo is eliminated.
FlyBoy and I take great pleasure in critiquing as well and then deciding who we think should be eliminated. Just on a side note, neither of us actually have a tattoo and honestly know nothing about tattooing, but we like to play along at home.
On one episode, one of the artists tattooed a sugar skull on someone’s arm… or leg… or back. As I watched I thought, wow this would be a fantastic stitchery. I popped over to one of my favourite embroidery websites, Urban Threads and bought a sugar skull design.
In Australia, we don’t really know much about sugar skulls. It’s really only something which we see on television or on t-shirts. I Googled and Wikipedia tells me: A sugar skull, or Calavera is a representation of human skull made from either sugar or clay, which is used in the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead and the Roman Catholic holiday All Souls Day.
After transferring the design to fabric and pressing the fusible fleece to the background, I really enjoyed choosing the bright, sugary sweet colours to stitch my sugar skull. I have many, many, MANY balls of Perle 8 cotton. This image (below) is only about half of my stash. If you’re looking to build your stash of Perle 8 cottons, eBay is your friend.
It is stitched in just a basic backstitch and then I used this skull as the centre of a Dresden Plate block. The colours in the background stripey fabric, which I had in my stash, coincidentally match almost perfectly to the stitched colours.
This weekend, I will be entering this cushion in the Needlework section at my local show. I honestly doubt I’ll do very well with this entry. I think that the judges won’t necessarily appreciate an embroidered skull as much as I do.
I’ll keep you posted.