Monthly Archives: May 2011

Suzanis from Uzbekistan

My aunt and uncle picked up this traditional embroidered wall hanging while visiting the Emir’s Summer Palace in Bukhara, Uzbekistan. It’s called a suzani. Below is a map with Bukhara, Uzebkistan marked (I was a little vague on exactly where … Continue reading


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Elegant Oriole: Stitch guide

I made quite a few alterations to the Elegant Oriole kit! I thought folks might be interested in a labeled photo indicating the stitches I used. It’s practically a sampler. I’ve decided I adore Cretan stitch, but I definitely need … Continue reading

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Elegant Oriole Finished

Continuing my progress photos from the last post: Next I added in the branches in Portuguese stem stitch. I love the texture. It makes a bold twisted line, very branchlike. For the second red flower I decided to try out … Continue reading

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Elegant Oriole

I’ve been working on a secret project! I worked up a modified version of the quick 5×7 inch crewel kit Elegant Oriole, from Dimensions (it’s about $9). It’s a graduation present for a friend of mine. I gave it to her … Continue reading

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Book review: Embroidery designs from the sea

This is a review of Embroidery designs from the sea, by Barbara Snook. Taplinger Publishing Company, New York, 1977. ISBN 0-8008-2403-2. Embroidery designs from the sea is an inspirational design book – it is definitely not a step-by-step embroidery book, … Continue reading

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Hardanger Table Runner, 1910

I’ve been visiting my grandparents, so I have photos of more treasures to show you! My great-great-great-grandmother made this hardanger table runner in 1910. It’s a hundred years old! Here it is lying flat: I couldn’t get the camera to … Continue reading

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Debate: Flower cluster colors

I’m traveling, y’all, that’s why my posting is off schedule. I resolved my trunk color debate: I am keeping the gray tones (dark, medium, light), but I switched to a darker gray for the shaded side of the trunk. I … Continue reading

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Kiswah: Religious goldwork on an enormous scale

My Saudi friend helped me out again! The picture below shows the Kaaba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The Kaaba (Arabic: الكعبة‎) is a cube-shaped building in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and is the most sacred site in Islam. The Qur’an states … Continue reading

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Book review: Crewel Embroidery

This is a review of the book Crewel Embroidery, edited by F. Anderson. Octopus Books Limited, London, 1974. ISBN 0-7064-0319-3. A tip I picked up from this book, which will entertain my fellow Americans no end: remember the rainbow (red, … Continue reading

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Machine Embroidered Portraits

I saw a post about artist Harriet Maxwell on Mr. X Stitch, and just had to pass the word along. She uses an Irish sewing machine to create detailed portraits. Y’all, what is an Irish sewing machine? Is it just … Continue reading

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