Dissecting David Bowie

david bowie embroidery

So, I started this project last Saturday and have been working on it furiously ever since. I hate to admit it, but I am not the type of person who “enjoys the process.” Rather, I get an idea in my head and I just want to see it done and in my hands immediately – perfect and complete.

I’ve had this project in my head for a while now, so it was soooo ready to come to fruition. After many tangles and needle pricks and obsessing (embroidery is not my forte), it’s finally done!

david bowie embroidery

Oh you pretty thing!

I also learned a new technique (and had to be very gentle with myself because it’s not perfect): shisha. I followed a couple different tutorials, but ultimately liked a combination of the two: the base stitches here and the fill in stitches here. The little gold “mirrors” are really just circles I cut from Highlife cans (Nicky is a Highlife drinker, so I had plenty of material on hand).

shisha embroidery

shisha embroidery

I wrapped the hoop with black and gold thread, and finished the back using this tutorial. Mr. Bowie was definitely a laborious little project, but it’s my favorite embroidery piece I’ve done to date! Nicky’s none too happy that this is a gift for someone . . . but I can always make another one. Guess what, you can make one, too – I put this David Bowie pattern up in the shop today!

thread wrapped embroidery hoop

felt back finishing for embroidery

23 thoughts on “Dissecting David Bowie

    1. Thank ya! I’m still a little buggy about the shisha . . . but I have to keep telling myself, “It’s the first time you’ve done it, so it’s okay that it’s not perfect.”

  1. Love this and love Dave too! He (apart from an insignificant other) was the only person to write a song called Janine. I think he must have written it for me! 😉

  2. This is great looking! I’m going to try it when life slows down a bit. The stitching is beautiful. Thanks for a great idea.

  3. love David Bowie– great work! I’ve wanted to try with this technique with mirrors- lovely work!

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