Monday, 16 December 2013
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
Monday, 25 November 2013
Saturday, 9 November 2013
Isn't it beautiful?
Olisa has stitched over a watercolour background. Different colours of floss spring to the foreground depending which colour they are lying on. The yellow floss demands attention against the purple but recedes against the green. I like the contrast between the repetitive grid and the watercolours blending into each other.
To see all the swap pieces have a look HERE!
Monday, 21 October 2013
This little ship is tiny - the embroidery is around three inches wide and is worked in a teal silk on white quilting/craft cotton. In the next one the waves will be more precise and will be stitched in minuscule sashiko. I think I'll have to go slightly larger though to achieve that- not massively bigger but enough to be able to fit in a few short stitches to create the shading on the waves.
Thanks for visiting, please say hello and if anyone tells me to go ahead and try printing with a crewel embroidery I promise to give it a try ;)
Thursday, 10 October 2013
I made this for the Phat Quarter "5" swap. Both me and my partner like the Fifth Element so I though I'd do an embroidery based on that. I originally started an embroidery of the films main character Leeloo but that didn't turn out so well! I ended up abandoning it part way through as I could tell it wasn't going to look good. I am glad I did because I love how this piece looks- Plavalaguna is blue so I chose blue cotton to stitch on. I am really into engravings and graphic novels at the moment, the use of repeated lines and cross hatching to create shadow and shape- and you can see I played around with that a lot here. These techniques really work for me in stitch and I am using them in my scrimshaw pieces too.
This was so much fun and I'm pleased to say my partner loved it which always make me happy :)
Now I just wait to receive my piece from the wonderful Olisa!!
Sunday, 6 October 2013
Saturday, 21 September 2013
This round of the stitchalong has been a bit quieter than the Edward Gorey and Tim Burton ones but I think more people will join in next round for Dr Seuss stitching!!
Saturday, 7 September 2013
, a photo by Sewphie T on Flickr.
Thanks for all the advice on how to salvage this piece. I decided to fill stitch the background and I think I like it but I'm not totally sure so I have decided to have a break from it. I'm sort of tempted to go mad with texture on this piece ... we'll see
Thursday, 15 August 2013
Wednesday, 14 August 2013
1) Use a pattern
2) Designing my own patterns
Tuesday, 13 August 2013
Everyone does this right? Apparently over time your saliva can discolour the fabric and floss (ewwww) also it isn't great for your needles because they rust inside the eye and catch on your floss. I am sceptical about it discoloring the embroidery, maybe after years and years there will be a stain but I have things I stitched five years ago that look fine to me. Also I like those needles that have gold plated eyes- flashy huh? No rusting for me. I lick the thread because it makes threading the needle easy and because I like to put blood sweat and SALIVA into my needlework!
2) Using the thread right down to the last ratty bit
I like to have a long strand of thread, changing thread constantly is boring BUT that bit of thread at the end that has been through the fabric many times and is a bit scraggy looking can really ruin the look of your work, especially in counted thread work like x-stitch. It just seems like a waste not to use it though! *threadmiser*
3) Knots on the back of my work
C'mon they are on the back- who cares ;)
4) Not weaving the ends in
Usually because I haven't left a long enough bit to weave in (see no.2) or sometimes just due to laziness. These ends then get all knotted together or even worse get caught on the thread I'm using and get brought throught to the surface of the embroidery.Then if it is a dark thread it leaves lttle fluffy bits on the surface of the embroidery and you can NEVER get rid of them all- ugh. When people post beautiful photos of the back of their work I am always a bit in awe.
5) Drinking and stitching or SUI (stitching under the influence)
Yes you might make some 'interesting' choices doing this but that is sometimes a good thing. I think that a glass of wine and embroidery are perfect companions - especially if you have a boring bit like a huge area of one colour to do. It helps get the ideas flowing too- I have to jot them down in my sketchbook in case I forget though! There is one important exception- never, ever drink and cross-stitch everytime I have done this I have made a mistake that resulted in major unpicking the next day .... whilst hungover- not fun
What are your sins? Or are you a saintly stitcher?
Monday, 12 August 2013
Sunday, 11 August 2013
This was the first embroidery I posted on the blog
So just for fun I thought I'd set my self the challenge of doing 5 posts on the theme of '5'. Today is an easy one: Five reasons I'm not a fashion blogger
1) My 'signature style' is jeans and a hoodie ...
2)... but right now I am wearing joggers and a dressing gown
3) I am 33 years old but still have no idea how to apply eye shadow properly, or blow dry my hair, or apply nail varnish without getting it on my fingers
4) I can't afford to buy loads of clothes - all my spare cash goes on craft books, magazines and supplies!
5) my outfits are usually 'accessorized' with the little bits of embroidery floss snipped off whilst I'm stitching- seriously, people are always pointing out stray bits of embroidery thread on my clothes
Tomorrow I will be posting about 5 inspiring embroidery books- I own so many books I am having trouble picking my favourite five. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this post whether you are here for the first time or have been reading since the start - see you tomorrow xx
Friday, 9 August 2013
Wednesday, 7 August 2013
Is it salvageable? Maybe. I think my options are a) bin it, b) paint in the background to conceal the stain c) have the piece completely filled in with stitching including the background - it isn't a huge piece so doable. My gut instinct is that I should go for option c but I'm not feeling excited at the idea of all that fill stitch. Any better ideas?
By they way the woodpecker is complete there is shading to do and detail to be added to the face- he will hopefully look a lot better once that is done, and once he has some legs of course! I also plan to break up that big expanse of tree with some details but not sure what I'm going to do yet.
Has this ever happened to you? Were you able to save the piece or not?
Monday, 29 July 2013
Sunday, 23 June 2013
Wednesday, 19 June 2013
To finish it off I'm going to buy a small canvas and stretch this over the frame.
It was Jake's 4th birthday recently and we had a robot party with robot cake, robot chocolates and robot biscuits. We had robot bunting and a washi tape robot on the wall, it was a very 'Jake' party - he was very excited by it all.
Monday, 27 May 2013
This is my science themed piece for the recent Phat Quarter swap. It's quite detailed and was stitched using one strand of floss. I was contemplating using neon floss to fill it in but as it was for a swap thought it would be safer to go for a subtler finish with a hint of metallic floss- neon skeletons aren't everyone's cup of tea! I do sort of regret not going bright though I think it would've looked great - the vintage image plus neon combo will have to be used on something else.
When I was planning the piece I actually considered doing a stumpwork dissected frog. Which would be awesome, right? But I knew it would take way too long and I thought it was perhaps a bit too odd to send to someone I don't know well. Looking forward to making it now though - watch this space!
Sunday, 12 May 2013
I'm glad I chose muslin cloths though- I used muslins loads with both of my babies and I think I'd have liked some cheerful ones. If you zoom in you'll see I used quite a lot of split stitch and tiny chain stitch as these seemed to work best on this fabric. I used the cloths to wrap the baby clothes I bought and tied it up with some ribbon- it looked very sweet. Another nice idea might be to dye some muslins or add applique, I think most new mums would appreciate some pretty muslins to cheer them up when they are mopping up dribble and milk!
And I just want to share this, the other day my robot-obsessed son (nearly 4-eeek!) was quietly crafting in the dining room so I went to see what he was up to and was greeted by this;