Monday, March 31, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Wow, that was something, adding all those French knots to represent the sand. I have been using two different colors of DMC, one being ecru and the other one a very light tan, both DMC. Looking at this photo we can't see very well the ecru French knots, but they are there.
Next will be working the wired elements: two seaweed leaves and two fins for Gracie. After that will be Gracie's body, which won't be a wired element, but a padded one.
Then, putting everything together and Gracie will be able to swim forever :-)
Monday, March 24, 2008
This is a little scissor case that I made a long time ago and for some reason forgot to include on my blog. I love bargello and this was my first one. The threads used were Watercolours by Caron.
Whenever I do bargello the time flies as it has that hypnoptic feeling, going up and down, up and down and that feeling is increased when you use threads that have multiple colors in them.
I have been chatting a lot about stumpwork recently and that made me think of Celeste who is also an EGA CyberStitchers. She has done quite a bit of stumpwork (actually she says that this is one of the thing that she loves the best doing) as well as wonderful embroidery projects. Many of her projects come from the Australian magazine called Inspirations, one of my very favorite magazine.
I have all the issues and have done a few of their projects (I wish there were more hours in the day), but Celeste has really done many as you will be able to see when you go visit her photo album.
I would like today to give Celeste the "You Made my Day Award" because she is such a wonderful stitcher and I enjoy visiting her photo album so much. She is a real source of inspiration to so many of us. Enjoy!
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
I have done a little more on Gracie, this time some elongated seaweed leaves using a Needle Necessities very light variegated green. I still have to do some seaweed ferns using the featherstitch before I can start working on Gracie herself. There will also be another elongated seaweed that will be added at the end of the stitching as I am keeping all the wired elements for the very end. Never done any stumpwork before so I feel quite excited by what is still to come on this project.
The day is still young so will go back to my stitching and see how much I can manage to do today :-)
Monday, March 17, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
I have always loved Brazilian embroidery and I have done some small BE projects (4 little ones) before, but a little over a week ago, I decided I was just going to plunge in and try something bigger to see how it would go. The worst that could happen is that I would fall flat on my face and nobody would have been the wiser as it would have remained my own little secret.
I went online and checked the different designs available and purchased a few. When I received them, I had a good look at them and decided that I would try this one first. It is considered an intermediary level, but I did not like the beginner's. It is a design by Delma Moore from Blackberry Lane (no. 152). I thought the design was interesting and loved the colors.
I would not say that Brazilian embroidery is as difficult as it appears to be, but at the same time it is not that easy either to do it properly. I do all my embroidery learning with the help of books and when I am lucky enough to find a good video I purchase it as that helps immensely.
One thing I noticed while working on this project is that the time just flew by without me noticing it, which does not happen all that often, so when it does, I notice it :-) I had done bullions before and there were many on this project. Had the pleasure to do some casting for some flowers and enjoyed that very much. Just loved doing the leaves with an alternating satin stitch. There were some Geron Daisy that seems very easy to do, but I had to hold on to the thread tension while making them as if my life depended on it. Once I got the hang of it, that went well. Doing the spider web and the little spider was so much fun. The spider is done with a little black bead and then you add the little legs.
Included a close-up photo. For some reason, the shine of the Edmar threads does not show all that well. It would be nice to be a professional photographer and take great pictures as I am never happy with my photos. Perhaps in my next life (big grin).
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
I had purchased that kit a while back from Vintage Vogue and decided it was time for me to tackle this project.
I must say that the instruction pages that come with this kit are extremely well done with plenty of photos. I was really impressed. Janet Stauffacher really makes it easy for us to make this project and I enjoyed myself.
This kit came with a little pair of French scissors which will be great to have around. You can never have too many pairs of scissors.
I have included a photo (above) that shows the little scissors attached to its sheath through a beaded loop and here below when the scissors are tucked in the sheath.
The three-bead edge that goes around the sheath can also be seen here though Janet explains it very nicely in her instructions.
Sunday, March 02, 2008
I had a bit of a strange week and have not done all that much stitching. After Tara, I looked through some of my magazines and books for one day and then another day and another day for my next small project and found quite a few that I would like to work on but specially one that I really liked, so got myself all ready (fabric, tracing, etc.) only to realize that I did not have the threads that I needed, so had to put that project aside until I receive the threads, which have now been ordered.
While going through the magazines and books I saw this tissue holder and thought that it would be quite practical to keep my tissues clean in my purse, so decided to give it a go. The last few days have been really dark (overcast) and when I selected the threads for this project, they looked fine but when I started stitching with them, I did not like them, so did a bit of frogging and redone part of it with new shades of the same colors.
I have finally managed to finish my tissue holder on a wonderful sunny day with temperatures outside around 70, so rushed to take a couple of photos. The first photo above is without the tissues and the second photo below with a little pack of tissues inside.
Almost forgot to mention that this design is from Angela Watson of Queensland that I found in an Inspirations magazine. They have so many wonderful projects in those magazines that I am sure that I could be perfectly happy if I were to take all my projects from them. Well, maybe not, as they are mostly embroidery and I like to do a bit of this and a bit of that as you must all know by now if you had a look at my blog in its entirety (big smile)
I am now hoping that I will soon receive my threads so that I can get started on the project that I initially wanted to work on which is not a big project so that should not take too long to complete. In the meantime, will need to decide what project I feel like working on. While I am thinking about that, will go outside take a bit of sun before it goes away, AGAIN.