Monthly Archives: June 2011

Blackwork Pattern Book: Ensamplario Atlantio

 String or Nothing has posted a brand new free blackwork pattern book, Ensamplario Atlantio! It’s pretty cool – there are over 200 patterns in there. The patterns range from simple geometric repeats to stag heads and griffins. Anyway, if you … Continue reading

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Restarting work on the goldwork chrysanthemum

I mentioned my goldwork chrysanthemum from the Mary Jane Collection a while ago. I stopped for a while since the gold was giving me trouble, but Megan gave me some advice on plunging the gold through the fabric, so I’m … Continue reading

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Joining the Royal Persian Blossom Stitchalong

So Mary at Needle ‘n’ Thread is planning a stitchalong of the Royal Persian Blossom from Talliaferro Designs. Nobody has started stitching yet, but she has a discussion area for the stitchalong where people are discussing fabric, thread, and color … Continue reading

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Almost there: Mini Bellpull Kit

I mentioned a while ago that I had almost finished the Mini Bellpull from Custom House of Needlearts. Well, I decided I wanted to finally have it finished, so I’ve picked it up again. I fixed a few spots that … Continue reading

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More Swedish Weaving

As I mentioned in my last post about swedish weaving, my grandma makes afghans with it. In fact, she made a whole lot of them (at least twenty, maybe more). I thought I’d show photos of a few of them … Continue reading

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Chinese embroidered purse

A Chinese friend of mine gave me this lovely purse from China to show y’all. Green and gold go well together. It’s so pretty! It’s mostly a monochromatic design in four shades of green. Plus a few gold accents. Here’s … Continue reading

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Book Review: International Needlework Designs

This is a review of International Needlework Designs, by Mira Silverstein. Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, 1978. I love this book! It has an enormous variety of styles in it, and Ms. Silverstein picks out really lovely designs. I flip … Continue reading

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Crewel embroidery pillow

This crewel pillow was made by my great-grandmother. The dominant colors are shades of pink and green, plus brown. There are spots of yellow acting as an accent color. It’s an effective color scheme. The satin stitching is really pretty … Continue reading

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Plas Teg Bellpull Flowers

There’s another blue flower on the bellpull, and I decided to replace the long-and-short filling with Castelo Branco stitch on this flower too. Then I replaced long-and-short stitch filling for this leaf with split stitch. I like the texture. It … Continue reading

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Castelo Branco Bird

I’m starting a new project! (post with an overview of Castelo Branco embroidery). I am working this bird design from the Castelo Branco magazine Méri sent, using the Portuguese silk and rayons she sent (previous post on the lovely gifts … Continue reading

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