I did this piece a couple months ago, but it's been sitting in a hoop in my spare room since I finished it because I couldn't figure out how to frame it - I bought a couple different frames from Ikea and nothing worked - finally, I played musical frames with a few of my thrift store frames and decided that this one suited it best.
I had initially planned on doing this whole piece in black silk stitches, but then I had to do the 3-D glasses in color, then I didn't want that to be the only color in the piece, so I decided to do the popcorn in french knots. And the hash marks all around were kind of an afterthought - I was just going to do the gremlin, but I thought the piece needed a little more space and I was just doing single stitches, but I didn't really plan them out all the way (like so many things in my life), and they weren't as even as I would have wanted, so they became hash tags and I kind of like that because I think it gives it sort of a sketch quality.
Also, when I was a kid, I would have sold a kidney to own a gremlin, those things are so freaking cute!
I've been doing embroidery pieces of horror movie stuff for a while and a while ago, I did a small portrait of Pennywise from Stephen King's "It" in a 4" frame, but I always thought I needed to do a bigger and creepier version (not that that freaking clown can get any creepier). Turns out that bigger also meant way more turkey stitch than I originally thought (this hairstyle took two full skeins of floss - every time I do something in turkey stitch, I hate how long it takes, but then I love to be able to pet it when it's done)
I accidentally got myself started on a series of pieces of scenes from creepy movies. Now I'm kind of obsessed with finding scenes that are creepy, but do-able - and lets be real, creepy movie kids are almost as bad as clowns, am I right?
Here is Samara from The Ring dropping by to watch a little tv
For me, one of the scariest parts of "The Shining" was when Danny was peddling around on his Big Wheel in that deserted hotel - the sound of his peddling, the low perspective, it builds up the suspense like WHOA - so I thought it might be cool to do a little piece with that terrible carpeting
Kanye West's twitter account is comedy gold... or at least it used to be, back in the old days when he would twitter ridiculous things about marble conference tables or cherub rugs. I decided that I needed to embroider his words of wisdom on something.
I realized that no design I could come up with could possibly do it justice, so I figured I'd just stay true to the tweet.
I wasn't really sure where to post this, but I guess it's a houseware?
I've known for a while that I've needed a pin, when I sat on a cartoonishly large embroidery needle (fortunately, I've got enough padding in the ass region that it didn't do too much damage), I decided it was time to finally make one. I grabbed the flower pot that has been sitting empty since my orchid died, some poly batting from a pillow my dog chewed up, some felt, some felt scraps and a headless doll and I came up with this:
I'm fairly new to embroidery and still kind of experimenting with different stitches and making different things happen. After seeing that amazing tentacle stumpwork by Jemimah I decided to try my hand at some 3-D stitching. I decided that if anything deserved to be in 3-D, it was Gene Simmons tongue (another plus was that his makeup design is pretty simple)
EDIT: I thought the world needed a fun-sized Gene, too
The makeup is just silk stitching and the tongue is felt stuffed with batting, then felted a bit to make it a little more solid and then covered in floss.