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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