Embroidered details in Game of Thrones
‘Michele Carragher is a London-based Hand Embroiderer and Illustrator who has been working in costume on film and television productions for over 15 years. She studied Fashion Design at The London College of Fashion, where the course incorporated design, pattern cutting, garment construction, embroidery, millinery and illustration. At the same time she attended a three year evening course in Saddlery at Cordwainers College learning skills in leatherwork.
After leaving college Michele worked in Textile Conservation, repairing and restoring historical textiles for private collectors and museums, specialising in hand embroidery. She then moved into a career in costume for film and television, initially working as a Costume Assistant/Maker on productions such as the BBC’s Our Mutual Friend, ITV’s David Copperfield and Mansfield Park. She soon gravitated towards the decoration and embellishment of costumes, using skills in hand embroidery and surface decoration, taking inspiration from the many historical textiles she had encountered working as a Textile Conservator.
The first production that saw her undertake the role of a Principal Costume Embroiderer was for HBO’s 2005 Emmy Costume award-winning production of Elizabeth 1. Her most recent work has been on HBO’s 2012 Costume award-winning television series Game of Thrones, working on all three seasons.
As a Costume Embroiderer Michele specialises in hand embroidery and surface embellishment, using traditional hand embroidery techniques, smocking, beading and surface decoration. She works directly onto the completed garment or starts with motifs and textures on silk crepeline/organza, which are applied to the costume and then worked into once on the actual garment. She also works on existing machine embroidery designs that are not too dense, adding some hand stitching and beading to give a more authentic, hand-finished look.
Michele finds hand embroidery has more flexibility and diversity than that of embroidery created by machine, as there is a greater variety of thread choice and colours to use. It is also possible to work more easily on garments that are already constructed. However, machine embroidery in combination with hand work can be very useful when completing many repeats by creating light outlines or a less dense machine stitch, work can then be completed by hand and again can be carried out on a finished garment.
Michele is a highly creative Costume Embroiderer, producing original designs as well as working closely to a costume designer’s brief to create their desired look.’
Text and images from http://www.michelecarragherembroidery.com
Extreme emotional trauma will be involved and I will be pulling the classic Cersei move
I went through this alone last year at Clapham Junction. I was crying so hard I just collapsed against a wall in a pitiful huddle and a police officer came rushing up to me asking if I was ok. I thumped the book on his chest and he goes “Oh no! You read it in PUBLIC!?!! Don’t you know you are supposed to do this at HOME!”
I have been waiting for this for an entire year so bring on the RW and the therapy.
(This GIF is courtesy the internet, if anyone knows who made it please give me the link and I will give you credit for being amazing).
The 48 hour marker is fast approaching.
I’m going through my suitcase and I can’t help but wonder what the TSA agent who goes through it is going to think. I have about two different centuries worth of undergarments accompanied by their matching outer garments (future reference 18th century petticoats take up TOO much space), too many Regency costumes, fabric, two centuries worth of footwear, one bergère, two bonnets, fabric, a CRAZY amount of potentially suspicious looking sewing paraphernalia, fabric, food, and maybe normal clothing crammed in if I find room.
oh. and fabric.
Will it be more of a Simon look:
Or more King of the North?
Of course whatever the look is I’ll be all like:
Now if I can figure out how to get about 40 costume and fashion books back to London I’ll be doing good!
I haven’t been home since January which means I have had a lot of shows to catch up on in the past few days
Unfortunately I am now caught up on GoT and I can say that while I no longer enjoy the books, I really hate the show. I’m not sure what happened but I really can’t stand it. Besides I already know what happens in the rest of the series. I do however approve of the guy playing Jaqen H’ghar and his hair. Which is basically awesome.
On the other hand we have The Borgias with Francois Arnaud AND Jeremy Irons. I’m actually interested in the plot line, the costumes are beautiful (I also took classes from the man who makes Lucrezia’s gowns), and I love the characters.
Also, there is no Red Wedding that I’m going to have to eventually come to terms with. Even though Augustus Prew met an unfortunate end, I still love the show.
To go against Jaqen H’ghar’s awesome wicked cool,
oh my Lord your face is really sexy hair we have Cesare Borgias and the curls.
And as a bonus I present the Shaggy dog look:
And that, Lords and Ladies, is a terribly hard choice. This is most likely the weirdest question I have ever asked on the Ornamented Being, but in the category of better hair: Who wins?
I don’t know whether to do this:
Edit: … I’m still sitting here like I don’t know ten minutes later thinking WHAT JUST HAPPENED?
“The best fantasy is written in the language of dreams. It is alive as dreams are alive, more real than real … for a moment at least … that long magic moment before we wake.
Fantasy is silver and scarlet, indigo and azure, obsidian veined with gold and lapis lazuli. Reality is plywood and plastic, done up in mud brown and olive drab. Fantasy tastes of habaneros and honey, cinnamon and cloves, rare red meat and wines as sweet as summer. Reality is beans and tofu, and ashes at the end. Reality is the strip malls of Burbank, the smokestacks of Cleveland, a parking garage in Newark. Fantasy is the towers of Minas Tirith, the ancient stones of Gormenghast, the halls of Camelot. Fantasy flies on the wings of Icarus, reality on Southwest Airlines. Why do our dreams become so much smaller when they finally come true?
We read fantasy to find the colors again, I think. To taste strong spices and hear the songs the sirens sang. There is something old and true in fantasy that speaks to something deep within us, to the child who dreamt that one day he would hunt the forests of the night, and feast beneath the hollow hills, and find a love to last forever somewhere south of Oz and north of Shangri-La.
They can keep their heaven. When I die, I’d sooner go to middle Earth.”
― George R.R. Martin