I haven't posted on Craftster in ages and I'm usually to be found over in needlework but this last year I've taken up knitting and crochet so here i am!
I set myself a bit of a challenge in mid November, i decided to learn to knit so that i could make an A-Team jumper for my boyfriend's Christmas present. He said he had one as a kid and would like one again. I tried to find a pattern on eBay but it went for silly money, but then i found one on Amazon for a fiver and away i went!
I had to work on it like a crazy person, and there were more than a few times i thought i wouldn't make it in time but i managed to finish it on Christmas day. Here are the results, I'm incredibly proud, though next time i make a jumper I'm going to allow myself more than 5 weeks to do it!
Here's a close up, i stranded the intarsia but didn't leave enough slack, so had to snip the threads at the back and stitch over the pattern with thread , i really hope it doesn't unravel!
And here's the 1980s pattern 'Gary Kennedy Intarsia UK', I've become a bit addicted to these patterns and have bought a bunch of other 80s classics too!
I haven't posted in aaaages, so long that I'd forgotten how to do it, then realised I'd been logged out of the website, tho I look at it most days, then I couldn't remember my login etc etc. Anyway, this is something I started probably way back in March, I got about 90% of it done then ran out of steam. My bf said that I keep not finishing things so I got back to it last week and finished it in about 20minutes! It's a copy of a Tom Tierney paper doll design. I loved Tierney's paper dolls when I was a kid and have recently rediscovered them. I also emailed his website and promised to send them a picture once it was finished, so now, 7 months later I can finally do that!
I used a variety of stitches, cross, satin, back stitch, a little bit of laid and couch and also a knotted rose which I think has the word bullion in the title but I can't remember. I hope you like it. She's pretty big, probably about 8 or 9 inches tall, the skirt took forever and I've since learned a better filling in stitch that i could've used as I'm not sure about the wavy lines. Sorry about the scan quality, it's a new scanner and I couldn't get the fabric straight.
I think I'm going to turn her into a cushion or maybe I'll just frame her I'm not sure...
This I made for my boyfriend for christmas (I think he must be getting pretty sick of embroidered gifts by now, I'm slowly girly-fying his room ) anyway, I wanted to make it slightly functional so I turned it into a little cushion and stuffed it with lavender so that he could hang it on his bed, he likes to squeeze it to let out the soothing smell.
I got the pattern/ design from one of those Dover out-of-copyright books full of little motifs (http://store.doverpublications.com/by-subject.html). It was really tiny so I had scan it and make it larger. Still the final result is probably only about 5inches in size. The stitches are all back stitch or satin stitch. It was fun making the feathers swirly and it smells good. The weave of the cotton was a bit loose so that was annoying but live and learn i suppose.
After an exceptionally loooong and cold winter it was feeling like Spring was never going to arrive so about 5 weeks ago I decided to lift my mood by embroidering some blossom!
I knew exactly what I wanted to make and how I was going to do it. I had a photo of a tree in blossom that I took last April, I wanted to try working on fabric that was blue (as I've only ever worked on white) and I wanted the blossoms to be in french knots. Here's the result, I hope you like!
I used 2 different pinks, a light and a dark. And I also stripped down the thread and used 1 strand of each so that some knots are an inbetween mix of the 2 colours. The brown branches are just back stitch. It took me about 5 weeks because I had to put it down for a week or two as it was driving me a bit crazy ...also it's the type of design that could go on forever, you could just keep adding knots so I'm glad I stopped when I did.
For an idea of the scale the hoop is probably the smallest they make, so perhaps 6inches? I'm really pleased with it, it's on my wall and the sun is shining at last! Hurray!
So this is a little bit twee-er than my usual stuff but my bestest friend in the world got married in September and we both decided that I should make her a traditional looking, heirloom worthy embroidery for the day. She bought a (very) little bag and gave me an offcut of silk from her wedding dress (!) and the challenge was set.
The area I was embroidering on to was 8x18cm, I knew I wanted to include doves or blues birds, a ribbon, their names, the date and after looking around on the internet I found a really sweet motif which incorporated rings. (Sorry, the picture is a bit wonky)
Fitting it all into the oblong shape was a nightmare and took me a couple of hours or sketching, tracing, tracing again and then tracing again but I finally squeezed it all in.
The stitches are satin, cross stitch, a bit of back stitch and (the bit I'm most happy with) laid and couch stitch. Here's a detail of the couched bit:
- I was most happy with this bit because I'd never used metallics before but it came out well and neat and so shiny (the picture doesn't do it justice), I'll definitely be using metallics again, they really lend themselves well to this style and it seems a great way to fill space. Plus it feels really traditional to use that stitch, almost regal in a way, it's weird.
Attaching the silk to the solid bag was a challenge and I was up very late the night before, I ended up securing it as tightly as I could with little stitches.
The big day was wonderful and she loved the bag. She's going to buy a box frame to put it in with some other bits and bobs from the day.
As promised here's another Barbara Hulanicki I embroidered. I was a little more adventurous with this one and used colour. I also used a variety of cross stitch, satin stitch and a bit of chain stitch. I'm really happy with how it turned out and I really enjoyed doing it. It's on the opposite corner of the pillow case to the image below, they just need a wash and and a press and it's ready. I hope you like it. It took about just over a week of working on it here and there and most of the weekend.
I'm working on another one at the moment so I'll post that when I'm done.
Hi, Been a bit busy and haven't posted for a while. I recently bought a book about the London shop Biba and it was full of gorgeous illustrations and designs by Barbara Hulanicki. I knew instantly they'd make lovely embroideries. This one's the only one I've done so far. Her drawings are so beautiful, I hope I can honour them a little by stitching them up.
I used backstitch to outline it. A bit of satin stitch to fill in. Her hair I did with french knots - same for the fluff on her shoes. I was going to add some colour to her lips but I decided I liked her black and white. Sorry for the dodgy scan quality, i'm still getting to grips with a new scanner.
I know it's a question of personal taste but here are a few of my favourite celebs that I embroiderized, hope you enjoy...
Paul Newman, Liz Taylor in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (love)
Amy Winehouse (LOVE)
Alison Goldfrapp (love love)
Kate and Pete (don't love loads, but iconic nevertheless)
Betty (just because)
...sorry the scan quality is a bit ropey on some of them. Variety of stiches: satin, couching, cross and a zigzag one which has a name but I can't remember it -it's an old fashion technique though, it makes filling the space a bit more interesting....
Last year I was clearing the copyright for the pictures in a graffitti book and discovered a female artist called Miss Van. I really love her ladies so I decided to embroider one and here's the result...
It's really tiny cross stitch, took a fair while. I really like how cheeky she is. Hope you like it too.
Here's another portrait of my boyfriend, Tim, this time with a beard. Since growing the beard he's had a lot of flack from people for looking a bit porn star-y, so I put him in some massive 80s sun glasses and fired away with my camera. I traced the photo and embroidered him...
I wanted to include detail and make it quite delicate so i stripped the thread down to 1 strand. The hair is satin stitch, the beard is done with small stabbing stitches and the chest hair is 'couching' stitch - at least I think it is - i laid the thread on top of the fabric and then bolted it down which a stitch - so perhaps that bit is the 'couch'? Anyway, I would probably do the sunglasses a bit differently if i had to do it again. I would probably fill in the sun glass colour and then stitch eyes over the top of that rather than the other way round...but nevermind. I hope you like it! Thanks, Roz
I liked it so much I bought the book and pinched a couple of the cats from it for a crafty afternoon mini project. I hope you like them... I wish they were real!
Nothing fancy to report about the stitching, just lines and a bit of satin stitch. They're teeny, probably only about 3cm tall. On second thoughts they might be dancing rather than fighting...or maybe they're at the G20 protests