Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Joker

So, a while ago I promised my cousin an embroidery for a present. I finally got started on it. It’s from his favorite comic book, Batman: The Killing Joke. I’m enjoying working from a comic book – The Joker has … Continue reading

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Palestinian cross-stitch

This table runner (it’s too big to be a scarf!) is a traditional Palestinian cross-stitch design from Dr. Shirazi’s collection (see bottom of post for details on the collection). You can get an idea of the scale from my notebook … Continue reading

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Book Review: Decorative Boxes

This is a review of the book “Making Decorative Fabric-Covered Boxes” by Mary Jo Hiney. Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., New York, 1996. Y’all, I haven’t been doing embroidery all that long, but I can already see that it won’t be … Continue reading

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More on the Sandy Starkman Jacket

So there were some questions in the comments about how the jacket was worked. I’m guessing it’s a form of needle-lace/needle-weaving, based on similarity to images in the Encyclopedia of Needlework, by Therese de Dillmont (it’s public domain, so it’s … Continue reading

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Needlelace Jacket

My mother is visiting me! She found this wonderful jacket in a thrift store for $7. It’s covered in couched cording and needlelace cutouts. The tag says it is Sandy Starkman, 100% silk, and made in India. Suddenly, I have … Continue reading

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Yellow for the Castelo Branco bird

I have settled on yellow DMC satin floss for the main body of the bird. It’s bright and shiny, and very easy to obtain. I’m going to see if I can get a smoother effect with some thread conditioner, and … Continue reading

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Mexican Birds

Today I’m showing another embroidery from Dr. Shirazi’s collection (see bottom of post for details on the collection). This is from Mexico, and is worked in matizada (variegated) threads, which are often used in Ocotlan. However, it is really a … Continue reading

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