Friday, 28 September 2012

a silly embroidery post

I needed a break from the stumpwork magpie I am working on and I just love this book by Andy Riley so I decided to stitch up my favourite cartoon from the book.
It is a direct copy, and just a quick stitch because I fancied doing it but because I find it funny I thought I'd share :

Friday, 21 September 2012

snow white mini crown embroidery

This was done for an altered tin swap on Craftster. I wanted to do something other than embroidery for a change so signed up for the wicked children altered tin swap. Then I panicked because I don't know how to do altered tins so ended up using embroidery anyway!!! I think the paper bits on the tin look good but in the end it was the embroidery  I liked the best :)
The crown is couched gold threads with a wire frame to shape it. The apple on the crown was brussels stitch I think and the leaf is chips of checked purl stitched down like beads. There are beads added for extra glitz!
Inside the tin is a tiny stumpwork apple. The threads are woven around a small wooden bead and the leaf was florists wire stitched onto green fabric to form the leaf shape, I then cut it out and inserted the tails of the wire into the hole on the bead. It was very small and fiddly but would be really nice for making jewellry.
It is meant to represent the evil queen from snow white as a child in the woods at night- I was aiming for the disney image of snow white surrounded by friendly woodland creatures!

Monday, 17 September 2012

daisies hoop by Lisa

A while back I did a Phat Quarter swap and was lucky enough to receive something from the gorgeous Lisa
It has taken me forever to post about this- sorry Lisa. I just love the colours she used it is so fresh looking and her satin stitch is just beautiful. I love the tiny white flowers sprinkled among the larger daisies. The combination of that pattern and the blue fabric is perfect, I love it!

 It is now one of my favourite hoops on my ever expanding hoop wall. All the hoops I have recieved in swaps plus some I have made are displayed on our dining room wall and I love how they look grouped together. I must post a photo someday...

I haven't posted for a while as we have been away, I had planned to schedule some posts before we left but I was sick so it didn't happen. Here are me, Stu and Jake by the sea. I didn't have much time for stitching and the WIP I took was a bit uninspiring so I don't have too much to show you but I can share a different WIP that I had planned to talk about in the scheduled post that never happened! This is a stumpwork magpie and there is still a huge amount to do on it but he is taking shape. I will hopefully get him finished soon and explain more about the process then.