Friday, February 12, 2016

Let Your Heart Sing Crewel Embroidery

I've just finished a fun crewel project I adapted from an earlier design.

I love the bright colors on the little bird, and the way the wing turned out.

I have another couple of crewel projects I want to do before I turn to do some stumpwork projects. I've promised to make the dragonfly project into a pattern, so that is at the top of the list.
There will be other projects like this one too coming in the future.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Ladybug Wreath Stumpwork Embroidery

This is another of one of the stumpwork designs I made this past year with beginners in mind.
The ladybugs are such fun to make. I love the dimensional effect of them.
It always makes me want to get busy making more, just talking about them, and soon I will, but first a few more crewel projects are already lined up. Those are a lot of fun too. ;)

Back soon! I'm forming plans for a new stitch school for beginners.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Winter Owl Crewel Embroidery

I'm celebrating a new finish!

This little owl was lots of fun to stitch. I really like the big staring eyes. They look almost worried, but it must just be the snow that's the problem. :)

I have a pile of new designs in the works, all waiting to be stitched up, so it's to get to work!

Have a great day!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Swedish Wool Embroidery

This project was a reproduction kit I bought some years ago and made. It's from a design that was found in the south of Sweden. The fabric is a thick wool felt, really nice to feel, but less easy to push the needle through. I so loved working with the wool threads though! This is the project that brought me to crewel work which I really enjoy.
The size is about 20 inches square, so there is quite a bit of stitching in this!

 This should be made into a  pillow, which I still haven't done! In the old days, the embroidered pillow was meant to be used as a riding cushion, since there were no stuffed seats.

I love the naive folk art quality of the designs they used. Color were, of course, limited, but they made imaginative use of them to give the embroidery lots of life and fun.

Below is a selection of various antique wool embroidery from the Nordic Museum in Stockholm.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Beehive Crewel Embroidery

I've made a companion crewel design to the popular Bee's World.
The bees are such fun to stitch, I doubt I will be able to keep myself from making another pattern with this theme.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Pink Flower Stumpwork

This project was developed with the idea of making a series of stumpwork designs that would give beginners practice with certain techniques.
In this project, the focus is on detached wired shapes and covered beads which are a couple of my favorite techniques for creating dimension. 

I have loads of ideas for more such projects, and as always it's a matter of time and maybe a little bit of focus to get to them all. But first, I'm in the midst of a new crewel work project which are my other favorite type of embroidery. I hope to have 2016's first finish soon!!

Keep warm everyone, it's mighty cold out there right now!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Sheep Fabric Box

This one I made last year. The sides of the box are made out of Timtex which you can use to make all sorts of shapes.

These two pictures are when it was in the WIP stage.

As you see, I used all sorts of fibers and fabrics to get different textures. And here is the completed box:
 I used a this stumpwork sheep project for the top that I had sitting around for a long time.  It seemed like a good place to use it.

The box was a lot of fun to make! I could imagine doing another one eventually because I really like the interactive aspect of a box, but this one is kept tucked away in a glass cabinet. I'm too afraid to interact with it much. ;)