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« on: August 31, 2004 12:37:23 PM »

Ok, I donīt know if this is gonna work, but Iīm trying to show some pics of a stumpwork beetle that I did last weekend. Its the great diving beetle from Jane Nicholasīlatest book (although the wings arenīt the nature-accurate shade of green). It came out ok but its headīs a little small. Iīll keep working on it.
OOPS, hereīs the photobucket pics

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« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2004 12:51:14 PM »

Shutterfly doesn't allow direct linking.  You might want to try photobucket.com.
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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2004 05:20:08 AM »

oooh! That is really cool! Where did you learn stumpwork, btw? I'm fascinated by it, but I can't find a good reference to learn it from.
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« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2004 06:10:46 AM »

That is awesome! I'd love to see more of your stumpwork. I've never seen anything like it.
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« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2004 06:57:58 AM »

Thats amazing - I am not familiar with stumpwork.  That thing is cool and creepy-crawlie at the same time.
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« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2004 07:41:46 AM »

Wow, I love it!  Stumpwork eh?  I have never seen it anything like this before.  I am going to have to try and find time to research on how to do this.  How long did it take for you to complete this little guy?
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« Reply #6 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 arenīt already an adept embroider. A number of different shops sell kits, which isnīt a bad way to start. There are probably places online with basic instructions, but I havenīt 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, Iīll 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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« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2004 01:35:15 PM »

that is awesome. if that were on me i'd probably swat at it every time i saw it, it looks real.
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« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2004 08:47:41 AM »

awesome, where do you get your goldwork supplies?
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« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2004 02:39:07 PM »

Most of the supplies Iīve picked up in bits and pieces here and there Smiley. Some is from Lacis in Berkeley CA, some from Stitch 2003 in London, some from Golden Threads in England (ordered online - very helpful and friendly staff), some from Lincraft in Australia.

Really cheap imitation metal threads (sadi and purl threads) can be bought from Rajmahal in Australia (http://www.rajmahal.com.au/) (they also have really nice art silk). These are not quite as nice as the real stuff but theyīre a damn sight cheaper!!  Grin Another Aussie shop http://www.threads.net.au/ sells all the coloured pearl purls you could want, as well as Jap gold and leather. Nice stuff, a bit pricier though (however donīt forget that theyīre in $AUS not $US)! A canadian embroiderer also sells goldwork kits and supplies http://www.berlinembroidery.com/.
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