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111  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / G is for Gormenghast on: February 14, 2014 01:01:05 PM
More nerdy Gormenghast craft from your resident fanatic.  Smiley

approximately 3.5 inches in diameter, embroidery and wool felt
112  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Royal Mutant Victoria on: February 14, 2014 07:13:00 AM
I made this doll for The Raging Sloth in the Loyal Mutant Swap.  She has a wire armature shaped with cotton batting, covered with craft felt.  Her face,wings and paws are embroidered.  Her tentacles have glass bead suckers.  Her velvet bustle dress is embellished with satin trim and plastic pearls.  Her crown is made from scrap fabric and gold trim.  Her eyes are plastic doll eyes.  Her bouquet is a satin flower with Sculpey mushrooms.

113  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Thatched Roof Cottage with Roses on: February 07, 2014 02:02:29 PM
I've wanted to try to make a felt inchie house with embroidery for awhile.  This features a new stitch for me, French Knots, for the roses.  The Turkey Stitch roof is a little out of control...

114  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The Imagination's Heart on: February 04, 2014 12:06:56 PM
Padded embroidery with glass beads, inspired by the famous poem by my favorite poet and all-around Art God, Mervyn Peake.

3 inches in height

To Live At All is Miracle Enough

To live at all is miracle enough.
The doom of nations is another thing.
Here in my hammering blood-pulse is my proof.

Let every painter paint and poet sing
And all the sons of music ply their trade;
Machines are weaker than a beetles wing.

Swung out of sunlight into cosmic shade,
Come what come may the imaginations heart
Is constellation high and cant be weighed.

Nor greed nor fear can tear our faith apart
When every heart-beat hammers out the proof
That life itself is miracle enough.

115  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Very small cat head on: February 02, 2014 04:53:44 PM
Here's a teeny tiny embroidery I did for gozer in the Literary Swap.  Cat head on fabric book, approx 2" tall.

116  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Amazing inspiration! on: January 25, 2014 05:18:59 PM
A Japanese granny's embroidery:  http://www.treehugger.com/culture/embroidered-temari-spheres-pattern-language-nature.html
117  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / A Sunflower in Gormenghast on: January 15, 2014 09:20:15 AM
Here's a big piece I've been working on since December, finally finished! I did this as a Research Project in the nerd-along. Embroidery and applique of Fuchsia and the sunflower that plays a small but pivotal role in the book Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake.   I was particularly interested in trying different textural and shading techniques using multiple fabric layers and stumpwork with turkey stitch.

...she had found among the wild grass and the nettles near the moat, a tall, heavy-necked sunflower with an enormous Ethiopian eye of seeds and petals as big as her hand and as yellow as even she could wish for.  But its long, rough neck had been broken and its head hung in a deadweight of fire among the tares.  She had feverishly bitten through those fibres that she could not tear apart where the neck was fractured and had run all the way with her wounded treasure through the castle and up the flights of stairs and into her room, and then up again, around and around as she climbed the spiral staircase, and had found the dark-blue glass vase and filled it with water and then, quite exhausted, had lowered the dry, hairy neck into the depths of the vase and, sitting upon the couch, had stared at it and said to herself aloud:
Sunflower whos broken, I found you, so drink some water up and then you wont die - not so quickly anyway.  If you do, Ill bury you.  Pentecost will give me a spade.  If you dont die, you can stay.  Im going now, she had finished by saying and had gone to her room below, and had found her nurse, but had made no mention of her sunflower.

Besides giving credit to Peakes descriptions and illustrations of his character Fuchsia, I need to mention the beautiful portrait photo Feel by Marta Syrko, which gave me Fuchsias pose and expression:  http://martasyrko.deviantart.com/art/feel-367596700

12x 16 inches, mounted on a canvas frame.

118  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Turkey stitch on: December 24, 2013 02:27:53 PM
For my big embroidery project, I'm learning a new stitch, turkey rug stitch, which is used to make a looped or fluffy texture.  Here's the tutorial I'm following:  http://www.embroidery.rocksea.org/stitch/knots/turkey-rug-knot/

119  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cardinal on: December 21, 2013 11:24:32 AM
Looks like I'm spamming the needlework board again!  Cheesy

Here's a Cardinal I stitched for a bird-watching friend:

7 inches in diameter
120  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Bad Horse on: December 20, 2013 02:36:11 PM
Bad Horse, of Dr Horrible's Sing-along Blog infamy, for milkeway in the Geeky Christmas Swap:


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