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Chinese Temple Embroidery 2: Still in Tainan

This post is contributed by my mother Laura, who spent the summer in Taiwan. Although some few elements are sewn by foot powered sewing machines (no electricity) ┬áthe amazing sculptural elements can only be done by hand. The artisans work … Continue reading

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May Mouse: Tail

All that’s left is the belly and the ribbons for the Maypole. Unfortunately, the ribbons are missing – they somehow separated from the rest of the kit. I’ll be spending the evening searching for them. Where could they be?

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Chinese Temple Embroidery 1: Tainan

This post is contributed by my mother Laura, who spent the summer in Taiwan. Tainan, Taiwan is famous for its many, many temples. With that many temples filled with statues of deities in need of costumes, walls in need of … Continue reading

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Water’s Edge: Working on the flower

I decided to restart work on the Water’s Edge kit, and finished several petals. The complicated part is figuring out which parts belong to which petal – it isn’t labeled well. I like all the different shades of orange and … Continue reading

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Taipei 101

My brother visited Taiwan recently, and took these photos of a gorgeous embroidery hanging on the wall in Taipei 101, which was the world’s tallest skyscraper from 2004 to 2010. He estimates the embroidery was approximately 8 feet by 8 … Continue reading

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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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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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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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