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Topic: Left Hand-Right Hand, The Pillowcases of Many Opposites  (Read 18374 times)
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« on: November 02, 2007 01:46:57 PM »

Okay, here is my entry. I didn't find out about the challenge until the middle of the month, and then it took me forever to  find a black pillowcase! So these are a lot less detailed than I would have liked.

The theme is left and right. But also can be interpreted as 'black and white', 'good and evil', and 'life and death'. They also have the symbols for day and night. ( and does it count to have one cheap pillowcase, and one expensive one?  Smiley )The decorations were inspired by sugar skulls.







Since I am right handed, I used the white pillowcase. Here is the beginning:




The whole hand traced and the details in progress;




The skull-flower in the center;



Completed;



Detail shot;





And then the Left hand;

( Just to be completely opposite, I used reversed chain stitch on this one. A little embroidery humor.)

Working on the skull-flower;





Whole hand;



Fingers;



Detail shot of flower;



Completed;



Their first side by side;



Their final resting spot;




Stitches used;

Satin
Split
Outline
Stem
French Knot
Forbidden Knot
Backstitch
Running Stitch
Whipped outline
Backstitched chain
Double Laced Backstitch
Straight stitch
Seed stitch
Padded satin
Bayeux stitch
Pistil stitch
Ribbed spider wheels
Fly stitch
Heavy chain stitch

































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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2007 02:04:57 PM »

Wowie!!  These are beautiful!

I'm so glad that you showed the closeup images.  At first glance, I didn't even see the black-on-black or white-on-white.  Such detail!!  How long would you guesstimate all of the embroidery took you?
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« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2007 02:30:02 PM »

These are beautiful. You did such professional work too. They are true treasures. Thanks for sharing them with us.
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« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2007 03:09:12 PM »

These are beautiful!! Such detail!...now I want to learn how to embroidor...hee...hee...
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« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2007 03:11:51 PM »

Whoa!  Such beautiful detail in both your embroidery and the theme. 
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« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2007 03:23:40 PM »

I like these!  Classy and unique!
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« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2007 03:35:47 PM »

i love the little skull-flowers! and i'm going to have to go look up the forbidden knot; it sounds so sexy!  Wink
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« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2007 04:23:46 PM »

Oooo! Neat!
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« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2007 06:02:48 PM »

Thanks everyone for the comments!

sweets4ever--I worked on these for about ten days, but not continuously. I would say probably twenty four hours or so of work if measured straight through. Most of my time was taken up by hunting for the supplies. I had a white case, but couldn't find a black case. Then Wal-mart got rid of it's embroidery floss...and I live in a rural area where there is no place to purchase. *sigh*


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 I'm not sure that ' Forbidden Knot' is the correct name for it. It's what my grandmother called it. Let me know if you can find it!
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« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2007 06:22:44 PM »

Cool! I <3 it. Cheesy
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