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
narrendor asked: Battlestar Galactica and/or Game of Thrones
❤ male: Bill Adama
❤ female: Kara Thrace
✖ least favorite: Ugh… it’s a tie between Gaius Baltar and Number One
✔ who resembles me: Um. Um. Probably like… all the people who died in the first episode omg.
❤ most attractive: Lee Adama
❤ three more characters that i like: President Roslin, Athena, and Romo Lampkin.
❤ male: You know nothing (John Snow) and Tyrion Lanister.
❤ female: Daenerys Targaryen
✖ least favorite: JOFFREY
✔ who resembles me: Ummm. Maybe Margaery Tyrell?
❤ most attractive: John and Dany tie once again.
❤ three more characters that i like: Arya Stark, Olenna Tyrell, and Brienne of Tarth.
I’m literally DYING over Game of Thrones… I’ve read all the books, but watching the show is so excellent. The actors are perfect. The writing is superb. The costumes are lovely. The settings are beautiful. It’s basically perfection in every way. I’m so glad I’m finally getting caught up!
Avoxus and I are trying to watch Game of Thrones from HBO’s website, but it just keeps fucking stopping to load… so we’re calling it A Song of Ice and Buffering.
I fucking love her.
HOLY SHIT THESE ARE PERFECT!
“Woman, you bray like an ass, and make no more sense.”
“Woman?” She chuckled. “Is that meant to insult me? I would return the slap, if I took you for a man.” Dany met his stare. “I am Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, the Unburnt, Mother of Dragons, khaleesi to Drogo’s riders, and queen of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.”