Komodo Pencil Case
I encountered African Folklore Embroidery at the “Stitches and Crafting Alive” fair in Calgary through Connie Anderson, a disciple of Leora Raikin .I marveled at how simple bright beautiful chain stitches on a black background could create such a dramatic effect.
|“Komodo Pencil Case”
African Folklore Embroidery applied on a soft pencil case
crafted by Paulina Constancia
So I thought the Komodo dragon would be a good main figure for this African folklore embroidery pencil case project.I still remember so well the first time I encountered Komodo Dragons on the beautiful Bintan Island, Indonesia. I was quite frightened by them, although I was amazed as to how they just went about their own business- not shy at all to show up while tourists were around. This piece is a little tribute to them. With all the colors, I won’t be scared of the Komodo dragon anymore, hahahaha!
You will need…
Soft pencil case (i got this from Daiso)
Assorted embroidery threads
Ribbons (fun & lacey variety) or scrapbooking add-ons
Optional: dimensional paint, beads
- Choose a main figure/subject (preferably animal/plant/person). Paint a silhouette of your subject.
- Using chain stitch, sew the outline of subject. On the Komodo’s body i opened the chain stitch using 2 different colours of thread and did some French knots.
- Add other details around the figure using chain stitch.(French knots, back stitch, cross stitch – whatever works for your design)
- Enhance your composition by stitching on some scrapbooking add-ons. The yellow flowers in this piece are from a ribbon
- Your pencil case is now ready.
Remember not to leave your pens and pencils lying around- keep them in your new African-Bintan Komodo pencil case!
Here are two books you can check out
as a resource for this project: