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  • Writer's pictureShaz Davis

Kiwi Brush Embroidery

The August #soapchallengeclub challenge was brush embroidery. The idea was to use #coldprocesssoap to look like the brush embroidery used to embellish cookies. It is very delicate and lace-like when done well.

For my initial attempt I wanted to try white on a dark navy background. It would have worked if I'd stuck to the plan, but I quickly found myself thinking... what about a kiwi bird, and a fantail... and... and... and so I ended up with some colours that didn't really work on navy blue - but I had a lot of fun and even tried my hand at the stencil technique - nothing to do with the challenge other than a way to use the excess soap not "embroidered".

Initial kiwi bird attempt in brush embroidery

Colours aside, I liked my version of a kiwi bird enough to decide to try to use this as the theme for my entry.

I decided on a green background for a sort of grass or fern forest look and added a bit of a neon swirl for a slash of colour.

I also wanted to try a kiwi bird theme on a range of the same size individual soaps in different colours, thinking I could enter a kiwi clan for the competition - if they worked out.

Turned out I was ahead of myself as we are only allowed to enter one photo with three soaps into the competition. Bummer. I had a hard time choosing which set to enter, but eventually settled on the green theme.

Brush embroidered kiwi soaps selected for my entry

I had just as hard a time selecting the best photo too...

I haven't got the technique perfected, but I've run out of spare time to play with the concept - so these will have to do.

Below are some more of the soaps I made along the way. It was a lot of fun. The flowers are closer to the proper brush embroidery I was supposed to be doing.

The other trio in the kiwi clan

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