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11  Appliqued & Embroidered Cowgirl in Needlework: Completed Projects by wherethewild on: February 23, 2005 10:34:07 AM
So with all the pinup girl stuff thats always around, I thought Id jump on the bandwagon...so here she is, appliqued with an embroidered face......my ll cowgal....

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12  Re: My first pictures on craftster.... in Needlework: Completed Projects by wherethewild on: September 01, 2004 12:15:26 PM
Stumpwork is a rasied embroidery technique which was popular in the late 17th century in England (see http://www.embroiderersguild.com/stitch/infocus/raisedwork.html for an example). There is another riased technique called Brazilian, which uses slightly different stitches.

Jane Nicholas has some absolutely stunning books, but instructions are difficult if you arent already an adept embroider. A number of different shops sell kits, which isnt a bad way to start. There are probably places online with basic instructions, but I havent looked, and another place is the Australian embroidery magazine Inspirations (every issue usually has a stumpwork project).

What I did for the wings on this was very easy (there are numerous other methods though, each with a very different look). I couched a very thin wire onto a piece of ribbed ribbon using blanket stitch and then went around the inside in chain stitch (not required, just decorative). Then just cut it all out of the ribbon and your wings are fixed. Make sure at the top end that both ends of the wire hang out so you can stick them through the fabric (where you have already stitched the body using satin stitch over several layers of felt. Secure the wires at the back and there you have it!

As merwing asked, Ill stroke my own ego and add a couple more photos here. The first is just a little bunch of berries (my very first stumpwork piece) and the second is a pice of goldwork encorporating stumpwork techniques as well as goldwork ones.

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