|In the Discworld series, signs above the inn are typically carvings (or actual creatures) representing the establishment's name. Such is the case of the "Troll's Head Inn", "The Mended Drum", etc. The assumption is that many of the clients are illiterate. At the same time, the maps and story lines include "dog Latin" mottoes for each of the heraldic coat of arms. The original Ankh Morpork City Watch badge is illustrated as being made of copper, and having both the city's coat of arms and motto, combined with a watch tower and the City Watch motto. Only Captain Vimes supposedly carries this style of badge, while a new modified badge was created for the newer additions to the Watch. Using "artistic license" I created the old style badge for Detritus shield, but enhanced the details by using not just copper, but brass and nickel silver as well.|
|Ankh Morpork is actually two cities grown into a larger one,
divided by the Ankh river. (Morpork is a type of owl). The City emblem consists of a
shield with the river dividing it in half. There is a field of cabbages in the upper left
quadrant, representing the farmers. Money bags in the top right and bottom left to
represent the merchants, and a solid black field in the bottom left to represent the
assassins guild. Across a Morpork owl is a banner with the city motto:
"MERVS IN PECTVM ET IN AQVAM"
- Pure In Heart And In Water.
The Ankh is placed over the watch tower, and the Owl clasps a second banner with the letters AMCW (Ankh Morpork City Watch). The City Watch motto is inscribed around the outer shield:
FABRICATI DIEM, PVNC
- Make My Day, Punk.
Keeping with the merchant's picture-style of advertising, I added the new style badge to the back of Detritus' cloak. Since the cloak was fabric, it follows that the badge must also be fabric. I thought to try my hand at embroidery (another name for sewing machine abuse.) The images captured here actually show my second attempt - after I purchased a stretching ring. I should have realized that the tension from the machine zigzag stitches would pull and compress the fabric, I just did not realize how much until I started work.
I started with some "scrap" fabric, neutral in color, although this does not really matter since I planned on covering every square inch with thread. The base fabric is a medium heavy cotton-polyester blend. There is no apparent stretch to the fabric.
|I first sketched the design in pencil. Once the design was laid out, I could start to fill the areas with stitching. Using the sewing machine in a standard zigzag mode, I outlined the owl.||Instead of outlining each feature and filling in with different thread, I use the direction of the stitch to emphasize the pattern. Changing the direction of the stitches also causes slight shifts in color, due to light reflecting from the threads. The stitch advance movement is set very low, and the fabric is manually manipulated under the needle.|
|For the feathers, the stitch width is adjusted while moving to cause the stitch to gradually taper towards at the ends. Small areas of color were generally done using a heavy upholstery thread or just a general purpose polyester, basically, whatever I could find in the desired color||After completing work on the owl and Ankh symbol, I proceeded to fill in the large grey areas since this would require fewer thread changes. (I made a copper-rod spindle for the sewing machine and used an adapter to for holding the large cone-shaped spools of thread. I still had to constantly change bobbins.) The areas where letters exist were left exposed, then filled in with the red thread last.|
|To emphasize broad areas of color, bands of stitching are laid down edge to edge, then a third strip was laid down over the center seam.|
|On the pointy rays of the outside shield, each ray was usually made up of at least three bands of stitching. A small gap was left between each ray, and filled in with pale blue to represent a highlight. Once the shield was complete, it was cut out, leaving about 1/4 inch of fabric all around. The edge was stitched to the blue cloak using black thread, and the small areas around the owl filled in solid at the same time.|
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