This was stitched for the lovely luckdragon in the recent IYP swap. luckdragon is an awesome swap partner! (you might have seen the gorgeous fishies she stitched for me on this board )
I was wondering what to stitch for her, and of course, it had to be a dragon! While there are many fabulous dragon patterns and pictures out there, I hadn't seen a stumpwork dragon anywhere, and I really wanted to work in 3D. So I came up with this one from scratch.
The wing is sitting fairly flat in this picture, before posting, but it's wired and poseable.
A closer view of his face.
And here he is, fierce but happy, in his new home on luckdragon's wall.
He is stitched with silk applique on a cotton background fabric, in Soie d'Alger silk thread, wired and padded, various stitches (just ask if you want to identify any particular stitch). He was a challenge to create, but I had a lot of fun making him - and best of all I think luckdragon rather likes him too!
I was very lucky to be partnered with the one-and-only onegroovyday for the Diptych Round of the Hoopla swap We had an awesome time, and I'm sure many of you have seen the FANTASTIC Starry Night Tardis she created for me!
Well, I knew I had to make her something very special! OGD loves birds and trees, so this is what I made:-
I worked from a picture to get some of the branch/leaf shapes, but all the rest was pretty much freehand. It's stitched on linen/linen blend, with some cotton and silk applique, the wing and many of the leaves wired, and many different stitches (feel free to ask if there's a specific one that you want to know what it is).
I looked very hard for a teeny tiny hoop for the birdie to hold, but with no luck. But then I thought, birdies can't use screw hoops anyway - birdies don't have thumbs! So I made it out of wired leaves, and I think it turned out pretty well that way
It was a lot of fun to make, and onegroovyday really likes it too! Yay!
Fab fabric (FQs! linen - love! I've already started using some today!), sweet stationery, stitchery supplies, perfect project bag, AND a super stationery organiser!
I'm going to get a lot of use out of these! And not only do they look good, they are beautifully made, and feel lovely (Especially the fabric on the stationery folder. I'm actually using it to look after my new e-reader at the moment - perfect!)
Thanks so much mimiw for a beautiful and practical parcel!!
I made this for the marvellous mimiw in the Ongoing Wish Swap. She had a few stylised garden/flower designs on her wist, but rather than an exact copy, I got some inspiration, and came up with my own design. It was really enjoyable to stitch (I made something similar for babalina too, will load a pic when I find it!)
This is a really fun project if you want to play around, and practice old stitches or try new ones. I started by ironing on the corduroy piece for the ground, and roughly marked a couple of circles with my disappearing purple marker. Then I got out my stitch dictionary and started playing around with a whole variety of stitches.
For the stitches in this hoop, I used some old classics (blanket, chain, herringbone, french knots), some fun favourites (checkered chain, cretan, whipped spider, coral, colonial knots, cable chain), and a couple of new-to-me stitches that I really like (pekinese, basque). All in 2 strands of DMC on cotton fabric.
It's a great way to work on your embroidery skills - a bit like an old-fashioned sampler, but you get a cute hoop at the end of it! Because it's a fun, casual style, you don't need to get too worried about everything lining up (just use disappearing marker if you want a guideline) - I deliberately made mine not symmetrical, so it didn't look too stiff.
If you like it, have a go at making your own version! I'd love to see it
(And if there's some interest, I'd be happy to do a tutorial or stitchalong sometime )
This gallery is so full of awesome things. I hardly dare single things out because I just know I'll miss someone's amazing work (I love all the trees, swing, elephants, fishies, everything!). I've been oo-ing and aaa-ing over EVERYTHING! You're all fantastic! I hope I see lots of these hoops going on the needlework board too, so more craftsters can appreciate them
And now, for some more awesome ... my package from onegroovyday arrived. Eeeeee!!
... or should I say, ooooooo weeeeee ooooooo!!!!!
Oh yeah, all you Whovians out there, you know you want this! It's full of wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey-ness!
But hang on a minute, I hear you say, it's awesome and all, but isn't this supposed to be a DIPTYCH? Hmmm?
Oh no!! Daleks have invaded the TARDIS!!! Exterminate!!
But it's OK, because The Doctor's here to save the day! With his sonic screwdriver
onegroovyday, I love this so very, very much! The stitching and tinting and hoop-within-a-hoop construction (!) are all incredible. And I can't believe you've never even watched Dr Who! Thank you so much for an amazing gift that I will treasure!
This is what I found when I opened the box. Even the card is fab!
All the loot!! I'm so spoiled! (but I'm not complaining!! )
Lovely sketchbook, in a wonderful hand embroidered cover - the fishies are gorgeous! The silk is more of a pretty green than this, but it doesn't photograph so well. This is so beautiful!
Perfect, beautifully made bag! I couldn't get a good pic of the inside, but it also has several trimmed and zippered pockets AND you can flip it over and have the fabrics the other way around too - a very nifty design!
Birdie necklace off my wist! so pretty!!
AND a lovely zippered pouch, AND the cutest handmade notebook, AND .... silk embroidery thread! All my Craftster buddies know how much I love this stuff! (...and I know exactly what I'll be turning some of it into for you, luckdragon, these are just the right colours )
Thank you so much Karen, I love everything, and you are a wonderful swap partner!!