Monthly Archives: January 2012

Silk and Colour

I have something really special to show you! I want to introduce you to an incredible artist, Marta Brysha, from the highlands of Tasmania.  She just launched a brand new website to display her work. Her gorgeous embroideries in hand-dyed … Continue reading

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The Big Green: FINISHED

Guest post from my mom, Laura! The Big Green is a finished, finito, complete, Done Deal!  Final dimensions: 5 ft. x 3 ft (1.52 m x 0.91 m). Let me tell you, this has been quite a project. The prototype doily … Continue reading

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New Threads for the Bluebirds

There was a thread sale at my local needlework shop, so I went looking for something extra nice to work my bluebirds with! The larger skeins are Caron Impressions (50% silk, 50% wool), and have a really lovely sheen while … Continue reading

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Circular pateh embroidery motif

I posted about Iranian pateh embroidery twice before (Cypress tree in Iranian embroidery, Iranian pateh embroidery), but there is one more example in Dr. Shirazi’s collection. It’s a great example of a simple overall design that looks very intricate because … Continue reading

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Guest post from my mother, Laura! A while ago my daughter Hannah discovered PinTangle – Sharon B’s fantastic website for embroidery and crazy quilting. She shared it with me and in the course of clicking through all the links I … Continue reading

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Plas Teg Bellpull Update

I worked a little more of the Plas Teg Bellpull. In this first photo I added three leaves in fly stitch, and outlined two petals in preparation for long-and-short stitch filling. In the second photo, I finished the vine tendril … Continue reading

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Hardanger Sampler 1

I felt like trying something new, so here’s the start of my Hardanger sampler! I picked stitches that looked pretty in the instructions and tried them out. Turned out great! It’s not hard, actually, though it looks really fancy. Traditionally, … Continue reading

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Bluebird floral: Yet more leaves

Today is mostly a picture day. Four more leaves are done. Let me zoom out, so you can see the different leaves and the color effects in combination. Finally, here is a shot of all my progress so far:

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The Big Green: Part 3

Here is another guest post from Laura (aka Mom) about The Big Green. The big blue and purple crocheted delphiniums have their floss counterparts embroidered in buttonhole stitch in the background. Gold, brown, and tan floss in seed stitch forms … Continue reading

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Creative embroidery kit

I thought I’d show y’all what I gave my mother for Christmas. It’s a home-made creative embroidery kit! I went to the craft store and put it together myself. It includes ten balls of nice yarn with a variety of … Continue reading

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