Here is a collection of images showing the stages and different elements of an embroidered costume for the Child of the Forest character that appeared in Season 4 of HBO’s television series Game of Thrones - Costume Designer Michele Clapton.
An interesting textural embroidered piece I had to work on for Season 4 was for a new character from a magical mysterious child like, non human race called “The Children of the Forest”. The Costume Designer Michele Clapton really wanted the character’s costume to be a part of the World they inhabit and their clothing to reflect that, not look too much like garments, the decoration not to look too stitched on, it had to really be a part of them.
The stage that I came in at the base/body stocking was to reflect a silver birch like bark, which was being worked on by the Artists in the Breaking Down Department, and I started to create moss and lichen textures to apply to a web like slip dress that would be wrapped over the body stocking.
To build up texture on the sheer web like shift dress I started by using a moss matt from a scenic store stretched it out randomly, I then sprayed into it with various paints to dull it down a little, and also to help stick the moss to the web, which I then placed onto shift dress in the shoulder area and down the torso, I then stitched into it to hold it and add texture too with various threads - sparkly fuzz, wools, chenille etc, using running and knot stitches randomly which gave a general mossy coverage in drifting patches.
Next I started to make fungi and lichens to add in sections, combined with twiggy rooty pieces. For which I stitched layers of organza, lace and laser cut leather together and then stitched into this with button hole stitch building up the craters of the lichen, to give them more depth, I painted the edge and inside the craters with pearlescent paint and crackle glue. After cutting these lichen pieces out I shaped them around silk rods.