Monthly Archives: February 2013

May Mouse: Start

A while ago I worked the April Mouse kit (see the finished result) from Woodland Threads as a present for my cousin’s new baby. There’s another one on the way, so it is time for mouse number two! This one … Continue reading

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Rooster: Body in Blackwork

I started work on the blackwork body. I’m glad I chose a darker ground fabric. If I was working the pattern on white I’d consider backing it with something. I think it would be tricky to keep the tails on … Continue reading

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Rooster: Gold feathers

I cross-stitched the gold feathers plus some decorative dots. I’m still thinking about the large black feathers – maybe fill them in with double running stitch over two squares? That would be quicker and easier than cross-stitch, and still fit … Continue reading

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Plas Teg Bellpull: Framed up

All framed up and entered in the show! The 50th Annual Woodlawn Needlework Exhibition is in Alexandria, Virginia. There are hundreds of pieces on display during March, so if you’re in the area you should go visit!

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Book Review: Free-Form Embroidery

I love Judith Baker Montano’s new book Free-form Embroidery (C&T Publishing, Inc 2012. ISBN 978-1-60705-572-3). It combines photos of fantastic art (see the excerpts for examples) and creative advice for interpreting designs in embroidery. For instance, the section on ground … Continue reading

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Rooster Project: Start

I can resist no longer. New project! This is the blackwork/cross-stitch rooster from Carol Leather of X-Calibre Designs. I am swapping out the suggested threads for DMC Floche 815, 310, and 437. I like this fabric, though it isn’t even-weave, … Continue reading

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Embroidered Music Video

Something to rock out to this morning! Here is the music video for Favorite Place, directed by¬†Christophe Thockler, who apparently LOVES embroidery supplies! It is SO COOL! Y’all will love it! you must watch it right now!!!! It’s from the … Continue reading

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Inspiration and links

I sent this video to Kathy at The Unbroken Thread, and she absolutely loved it. So I am reposting it here for my readers too. This is for anyone feeling discouraged that their stitching isn’t perfect: I also added a … Continue reading

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Plas Teg Bellpull: To the frame shop!

It’s going to look fabulous! And a million billion thanks to my brother for dashing about getting it ready, and to Anna of Talliaferro for all her help making sure the thing gets ready in time for the show. I … Continue reading

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Plas Teg Bellpull: Finished

Well here it is – the Plas Teg Bellpull from the Mary Jane Collection, worked in embroidery floss with some color/stitch modifications. I’m sure it’s gorgeous in wool too. It’s 24 inches by 6 inches (60 cm by 15 cm). … Continue reading

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