Sunday, 26 July 2009

Friday, 24 July 2009

Urban Threads

Urban Threads sell designs electronically for any crafty use... machine embroidery, hand embroidery, paper crafting etc...

The name does sum up the style of the designs!

I have made one purchase for a gift I'm making.

ssshhhhh its a secret!

There are many more on my wishlist... the pdf downloads are instant and the prices very attractive. Although I do wonder how they cope with right clicking...

ArtCubes - update

using my Terri Stegmiller fabric - ArtCubes.

This is a good example of why NOT to use cheap stranded cotton...

Thursday, 23 July 2009

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Beginning Embroidery

More stitching on my Beginning Embroidery piece...

I have added some more running stitch, cross stitch and herringbone.

I like the herringbone variation at the bottom right and the straight stitches highlighting the white dots at bottom centre.

I also quite like it upside down...

Beginning Embroidery

I have added more stitching to my Beginning Embroidery piece...

I have added some running stitch, cross stitch and split stitch.

I have never actually done split stitch before and I really like it. I used 2 strands of embroidery thread and it gave a nice chain stitch effect.

More to follow...

Saturday, 11 July 2009

Beginning Embroidery

I have done a doodle (inspired by Joan Miro) on my printed fabric for my Beginning Embroidery piece...

So far I have just used backstitch and whipped backstitch.

Toddler Girl helped to pull the needle through the fabric. She seemed quite fascinated... it was a proud Mummy moment.

I aim to add some running stitch, cross stitch, chevron and herringbone as described in Lesson 2.

Friday, 10 July 2009

Beginning Embroidery

Materials for preparing the background fabric

The outcomes...

I'm going to try splattering too.

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Beginning Embroidery

Despite the fact I have lots of projects and ideas in my head, and lots of projects and ideas half started and nearly finished I have signed up for another Joggles class.

Having stalled I needed something to focus on and a short 4 week embroidery course seemed perfect.

(ignore the fact I have yet to 'finish' 3 of the other Joggles classes - see here, here and here)

So... I'm 'doing' Susan Sorrell's Beginning Embroidery class.

Its in 4 parts. First we create a background then we apply straight stitches, looped stitches and
fancy stitches. Susan has suggested using the art of Joan Miro as inspiration for the stitch patterns.

These are a few of my favourite images...

Here are my sketchbook doodles...

I especially like this arrangement...

Now to the fabric...

Tuesday, 7 July 2009


I seem to have lost my mojo again.

I have cancelled/postponed my August exhibition as I simply don't have enough time to experiment, develop and finish one piece of work let alone six or eight.

I didn't leave enough time (as usual) or indeed make enough time (procrastination, knitting, shop...) to do any stitching and I have no space in my head to make any arty decisions in such a short time frame.


I need to make some space!
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