Monthly Archives: December 2011

More Palestinian Cross-stitch

Here is another Palestinian cross stitch piece from Dr. Shirazi’s collection. I absolutely love the warm colors and the geometric motifs. The stitches are tiny and careful. The stitcher used the variegated thread to great effect. A lot of these … Continue reading

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Branch for the Bluebird Floral

I’ve started work on a leafy branch. You can already see how the color variations in the leaves interact. Farther up the branch the leaves will be darker. My Portuguese stem stitch is really improving – that long section in … Continue reading

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Future project: Line drawings

Everybody knows that Mary Corbet is doing twelve days of give-aways starting TODAY, right?  So, while I’m visiting my parents, I’ve been going to life drawing with my mother. It’s a lot of fun, and I’ve got some lovely line … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!

Our family Christmas tree: It’s ribbon embroidery on chicken wire. Ours is twenty four years old – we replace any faded ribbons every year. I always wonder why more folks don’t have embroidered Christmas trees. It’s such a fun project, … Continue reading

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Castelo Branco Bird: Body

After troubleshooting the earlier problems with the project, I continued stitching away at the bird. I think it’s looking great. Portuguese bird designs are so much fun. Here’s a close up of the bird body.

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Castelo Branco Bird: Difficulties

Well, folks, (previous project post to jog your memory) I started back on my Castelo Branco bird. There were some unfortunate mishaps. The lighter yellow to the right is earlier work. You can see the sudden color change where I … Continue reading

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Christmas Card

Look what I made! It’s a Christmas card for some friends of mine. I’m pretty sure they don’t read my blog regularly so I’m posting even though I haven’t given it away yet. It’s worked in two strands of rayon … Continue reading

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One Hundred Birds: Part 3

Here is the final installment of photos of the “One Hundred Birds Adore the Phoenix” embroidery (see Part 1, Part 2). Plus I want to tell you a little more about Chinese embroidery. To follow up on the translation of … Continue reading

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The Big Green: Part 2

Today we have a guest post from Laura (my mother), with further progress on The Big Green. When last seen, The Big Green was mounted on a stretcher frame. Clearly the background appears stark and bare compared to the exuberance … Continue reading

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Leaf Color Scheme Decision

Well, I thought over all y’all’s comments on my earlier post, Leaves for the Bluebird Floral. Here is the photo of the three sample leafs from before, just to remind you. I concluded that the lower leaf really was too … Continue reading

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