The Peacock Étui was inspired by my travels to explore the beautiful embroidery of India and the fabulous stumpwork creatures of the 17th century.
The design uses a broad range of beautiful threads and fabrics combining wools and silks with metallics and beads. The bird’s body is 3D printed by my cousin, with the addition of bronze legs and sterling silver beak cast from my wax carvings in Hatton Garden in London, and tiny glass eyes made in Wales, all set in place by my father.
The design uses an eclectic mix of historically-inspired stitches and new ideas. The neck is created using metallic corded needlelace. The body is covered using English wool baize and tweed embellished with silk gimp and spangles.
The tail is detachable, revealing storage for needles in wool flannel beneath. Its surface is embellished with a feather design in delicate metals, silks and sparkling Swarovski crystals, edged with metallic mesh ribbon.
This is an heirloom piece to create and treasure!
Kit Contents - Peacock Étui
Pre-printed best quality 100% wool English baize and tweed base fabrics, pre-machined to support fabric to allow working in the hoop
Hand-dyed shaded cotton threads
Fine metallic passing
Pre-printed wool baize shapes for applique
Pre-printed wool felt padding shapes
Metallic mesh ribbons
100% silk fine chenilles, dyed specially for Jenny in Japan
Japanese fine metallic stitching tapes
Superfine Japanese metallic stitching threads
Gilt pearl purl, made in England
Fine 100% silk-covered gimps, made for Jenny in the UK
Au Ver à Soie 100% silk threads
Fine shaded Japanese ribbon
Coloured metal purls
Glass seed beads
Polyester and pure silk sewing threads
3D printed body form with sterling silver beak and glass eyes already fitted
Solid bronze legs
Stiffening for construction of the tail
Pre-printed best quality 100% wool English baize fabrics for lining the tail and forming the needlecase
All embroidery needles required in needlecase with wool flannel
Detailed fully-illustrated instruction manual
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT DOES MY KIT INCLUDE?
Your kit includes all the fabric, threads and needles required to complete the design, together with a highly comprehensive illustrated instruction manual, written and drawn by Jenny. All threads are carefully packaged and labelled to denote where they are to be used in the design. We suggest you have a look through all the components to familiarise yourself with the complete kit before starting work. Where relevant, kits also include the materials required to construct the completed embroidery.
WILL I NEED ANYTHING ELSE TO ENABLE ME TO COMPLETE MY KIT?
Yes, but only basic embroidery equipment. A list of the items required can be found in the front of your instruction manual. All items can be purchased from our website. If you have any queries about equipment, please feel free to contact us for advice.
HOW MUCH EXPERIENCE DO I NEED TO BE ABLE TO COMPLETE THE KIT?
Most of our kits are designed for embroiderers with some experience, but the instruction manuals are extremely comprehensive and will teach you all you need to know.
If you have any difficulties, or need advice on the difficulty level of a certain kit, you are welcome to contact us.
I FIND TRANSFERRING DESIGNS ON TO FABRIC DIFFICULT
Don’t worry, the designs are all pre-printed for you!
CAN I POST IMAGES OF MY KIT/WORK ON MY BLOG/SOCIAL MEDIA/WEBSITE?
We will be delighted if you wish to show images of this project on your blog/social media/website, as this often inspires others to have a go! However, as a courtesy, please do let me know if you plan to do this, and be aware that blogging of techniques, step-by-step or close-up images, either of the project in progress, the instructions, and the kit contents, is an infringement of copyright. Please always credit the design source and always include Jenny’s website and contact details so that those reading your blog can get in touch. Please highlight any infringements of this copyright which you observe from others.
I AM STRUGGLING WITH A SECTION OF THE DESIGN
One of the most important aspects of buying a kit from us is that you have direct contact to Jenny by email and she will be happy to assist you and provide advice. We cannot always answer within the hour but we will get back to you as soon as possible. If you are really struggling and need more help, we can arrange a lesson for you or to complete the section for you.
I AM MISSING A COMPONENT IN MY KIT OR HAVE RUN OUT OF A THREAD
We do our absolute best to ensure these situations don’t occur, but your kit is made by humans rather than machines and we do occasionally have a senior moment! Please feel free to let us know and we will be happy to supply more.
I AM NOT HAPPY WITH MY WORK AND WOULD LIKE TO RE-WORK
We totally understand this – most embroiderers incline to perfectionism! While we sadly can’t provide more materials for free, please just let us know what you require and we will be very happy to supply more.
MY DOG/HUSBAND/HOOVER/SOFA/CAT/GOLDFISH ATE MY THREAD!
It happens! Not a problem. Just let us know what you need
and whilst we can’t send these for free, we are more than
happy to supply more.
MY THREAD IS DIFFERENT TO THAT IN THE PHOTOGRAPH OF THE DESIGN
Thread colours may vary somewhat due to dyeing processes and can appear different in reality due to photographic distortion. Due to limitations posed by suppliers, we also reserve the right to substitute project materials with suitable alternatives to those illustrated if absolutely necessary.
HOW CAN I FIND OUT ABOUT NEW DESIGNS?
Please go to Jenny’s website where you can join the mailing list to find out about all new releases. We promise only to send you relevant embroidery-related news and not to pass your details to third parties.
CAN I SUBMIT MY WORK TO A CRAFT SHOW OR COMPETITION?
We are delighted if you have enjoyed working the project and would like to submit your piece to a craft/country show competition etc. Please do let Jenny know if you are doing this as she would love to hear how you get on. Please always credit the design source and always include Jenny’s website and contact details so that people viewing the piece can get in touch.
CAN I TEACH THE DESIGN TO OTHERS?
If you have enjoyed working the project yourself and would like to share this with friends or wish to work the design with your students, you are welcome to contact Jenny for more kits. The kit and accompanying instructions must otherwise not be copied, reproduced or taught in any form without prior permission. This will otherwise infringe copyright. Multiple kit orders are welcome and can be supplied on a wholesale basis by arrangement. Please contact Jenny for more details.
I WOULD LIKE HELP WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OR DISPLAY OF MY FINISHED WORK
Excellent news. We hope you have enjoyed the journey and are delighted with the finished result! If you would like help with mounting or finishing the design, please feel free to get in touch. If you would like to order a frame, box or similar for displaying the finished piece, please visit the webshop.
Clare Muzzatti –
Wonderful easy to follow directions made this a real pleasure to create. There is so much to be learnt, new (to me) types of ribbon, gimp, and metalic thread; but it is Jennys clear directions and the photos which guide you. Just dont rush and read each step at least twice. Keep the bags of delightful threads etc. in the order you recieve them. (Packing them must be a long days work) There is enough thread and other materials to cover a small amount of reverse stitching.
My peacock is a hansome fellow and much admired. I am sure he will be a treasure for future generations.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review, very much appreciated x
Karen Wright –
Fabulous kit, I attended this class with Jenny in India, great class and a very achievable project,I really enjoyed the the whole experience- thanks Jenny