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Making a banner

Hi, all! I'm not an SCA member (I would love to be, but the nearest chapter is more than a thousand miles away...) but I thought you would be the best people to ask about this project!

I've conceived the desire to make a replica of the banner of Gil-galad (as designed for the Lord of the Rings films), but I basically have no idea where to start. My experience with fiber arts is limited to a few cross-stitch projects; I have no experience with other embroidery stitches or applique. So, I have no idea what techniques I should use.

I'm most worried about the curling tendrils (applique? embroidery? if embroidery, what stitch?) but any advice you could give me on making any part would be fantastic and much appreciated. I know I'll have to practice before I can tackle the project itself, but first I need to know what to practice!

Thanks in advance. :)



Jun. 11th, 2011 07:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the advice; I'll look into couching then! One question, though: how would I handle the parts where it comes to a pointed tip?

Satin stitch sounds good; and I have a tiny bit of experience with it so it's probably a good bet!

Thanks for the tip about the iron-on stabilizer; I hadn't even thought of that, but now that you say it I have seen some sort of no-sew adhesive in local stores!
Jun. 11th, 2011 07:15 pm (UTC)
You can applique without it, but it's the best way to keep things from skidding.

As for the pointed tips... practice. There's nothing that says the cord has to be a) single strand or b) continuous. Use your imagination!
Jun. 11th, 2011 07:23 pm (UTC)
Oooooh. I think I can feel my imagination creaking to life! Thanks! :D I must go experiment some...