About Me

I am a textiles surface designer with a great understanding of its function and application. I specialise in hand embroidery, embellishment and in prints for fashion. I am a passionate, experimental, and am unafraid to take risks or to push boundaries with my work. Because of this, I am the kind of person suited to the fashion industry which has ever changing rules, challenges and expectations. All images and text are copyright to Stacie Charlton.

21 April 2011


I started to embroider and embellish into the bone, sewing around the edges so it was permanently fixed on using contrasting neon threads. I used contrasting colour to the nudes like greens and blues and then tried to use more neutral colours on the neon pink such as pale pink washers which i sprayed and light beads and sequins. I used chain and embellishments to parts of the bone. I am so happy with the finished design, the washers add a weight to the fabric and the tiny cogs give a quirky twist. Once the garment has been made up I plan to scatter more washers and clock parts around the fabric with french knots, stitches, negative shapes of sequin fabric and home made printed acetate sequins. I'm really excited to continue with this! Also used the super macro setting on my new camera to take these close up shots of the embroidery, I am well impressed with the detail and colour!

20 April 2011

Neon Bones

I have used bones and skeletons from the beginning of this project (and my minor) as my main source of visual research, this project I wanted to make them less obvious and abstract them.
I exposed several line drawings of bones I had drawn from the Natural History Museum and screen printed the outlines on to fabric. I started painting in the individual shapes of the bone in clashing and contrasting colours, using neons and nudes. I plan to embroider into it tomorrow.

I used bondaweb to attach it on to my front top shape, hopefully it will sit well when the garment is made up!


Up close you can see the detail and the HOURS that have gone into this, but what I wanted to do was show that its a skull from far away but then when you are up close see something different, so here are some full length shots so you can see the design!

16 April 2011

One down...

One top shape finished!!! It doesn't look like a lot of work but it takes ages and I still would rather embroider for hours than print or do machine embroidery. I thought I would have so much more done by now but this week I met up with friends who I have not seen for months, went to see Jimmy Carr last night, which was amazing and he wished me luck in the 'rag trade' and took up a lot of time making folders, business cards and so on for my professional portfolio, which needs to be handed in on the 28th! but yes, anyway here is one complete shape, that just needs making up into a garment!

14 April 2011

Sequin Wednesday

Yesterday I spent ALL day sewing sequins on to my length, I want to try and finish it so I don't have to keep coming back to it. The past few weeks while I have been digitally printing I have been sewing on large black sequins to the 'eyes' on the length. I machined in sketchy lines and then started building up texture using clear, matte, flat, cup and crumpled sequins together, I am so happy with how it looks, I love the colours and different textures together!