Monthly Archives: January 2013

Plas Teg Bellpull: Woodlawn

Y’all, I just realized yesterday that the deadline for the 50th Annual Woodlawn Needlework Exhibition (in Alexandria, Virginia) is very, very soon! On the other hand, the bellpull is almost almost done! THEREFORE, I am frantically finishing the last few … Continue reading

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Plas Teg Bellpull: Berries

These purple things supposedly represent berries, though I think they look like flowers. They’re in a variant of spider-web stitch, which can make some really interesting textures. I finished off the blue flower in the corner too.  At this point … Continue reading

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Kingfisher Chinese Embroidery: Bird feathers

A quick update today: I started work on a kingfisher! Birds are a lot easier than I thought they would be. As long as the stitches are in generally the right direction, they look great.

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Needlework accessories wishlist

Today I have a wishlist of needlework accessories I’d like to see more often. There are lots of patterns for biscornus and needlecases and boxes and table runners. But I’d like to see more of these: I’d love to see … Continue reading

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Indian embroidery example

This is an example from Dr. Shirazi’s collection. I am not sure where in India this is from. Perhaps some of my readers might know? Somebody tell me about it! This is just spectacular. Below you can see one of … Continue reading

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Manohra Thai Dance: Finished

  I put the finishing touches on to my Thai dancer. See the ribbon in her hair? Also added: some beads to her crown and grass to dance on. I am delighted. She’s gorgeous. I need to recenter her in … Continue reading

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Plas Teg Bellpull: Flower Petals

I restarted work on my crewel bellpull and finished the last two long-and-short stitch petals for this flower. I like its dramatic color scheme.

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Book Review: The Anchor Book of Crewelwork Embroidery Stitches

This is a very positive review of “The Anchor Book of Crewelwork Embroidery Stitches” by Eve Harlow. David & Charles, 1997. ISBN 0-7153-0632-4 It’s a really great little book! It has 48 different stitches, each illustrated with a small crewel … Continue reading

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Manohra Thai Dance: Face

I thought and thought about how to do the face. I finally settled on a needlepoint approach with two skin tones, pink for the lips, and brown for the other features. I worked it with only one strand of floss. … Continue reading

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Manohra Thai Dance: Legs

Look, she’s got legs! You can’t dance without legs. Also, I am going to leave the stem stitch ridges in the skirt as they are now rather than filling it in entirely. The pink ribbon at the right came with the … Continue reading

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