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« on: December 14, 2007 07:20:19 AM »

My first embroidery! It's terrible. My satin stitch is horrid. It's unevenly placed and rather crinkly. In my defence: It's about zombies! It's okay for it to be wonky and uneven.

Anyways, I was browsing the archives of completed projects, and saw a title that made me gigglefit: "Zombies love me for my brains!". It was an embroidered... an embroidery? ... a picture of a brain, and that's it. It put a bug up my butt that then lit a fire and I had to stop everything I was doing to embroider this idea. I used... oh, I don't know, some fabric with holes in it...  sewing thread, and sewing needle. I fail at embroidery floss.

Before this I had done some embellishing on a bag using the chain stitch, and I am sort of working on a project (a bunch of leaves) where I'm using chain stitch to outline and fill in the leaves. So I came into this project only know that I wanted it to be 8"x10" (So I could easily find a frame), say "zombies love me for my brain", have a picture of a brain, and have the word brain be wonky. I consulted The Readers Digest Guide to needlework, and found out about the 'whipped running stitch'. I used this for the outlines. I'd previously tried to use satin stitch, but it was horrid, so I decided to give it another try. Still horrid, but it's much better than it was before.  The heart is filled in with chain stitch, and the rest is filled in with satin. I'm very, very glad I had enough of the bluish grey to do the word "zombies". it reminds me  of the bluish grey that most movies paint their zombies up to be. I got the outline of the brain from online, just googling "outline drawing of a brain." and the words I did using Paint, a bit of paper, and some... um, 'dressmakers carbon' to transfer it.

 Anyways, enough jibberjabber. Here is some picturs!







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« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2007 07:22:46 AM »

Haha!  I think it looks great!  I never attempted satin stitch until I had already been doing embroidery for a while.  Great job! Wink
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« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2007 07:27:14 AM »

It's great!! Did it take you very long to finish?
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« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2007 07:28:59 AM »

It's great!! Did it take you very long to finish?

Not really. Altogether I'd say it took me about... oh, maybe 12 hours or so over three days. Thank you for the compliment!
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« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2007 08:06:01 AM »

I must reiterate how neat I think this is. Zombies.. hehe...
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« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2007 08:40:29 AM »

that is so great! I love the contrast with the frame.
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« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2007 09:27:39 AM »

Great job! You did great for your first project. Don't bash your stitch work. You will only get better. I love it. I too feel in love with the other zombie project and love how you tweaked it.
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« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2007 02:41:00 PM »

I think it's super cool!  Cool
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« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2007 11:29:35 AM »

It looks good.  Everybody loves zombies don't they ?

Next time try a different fabric with a bit of a tighter weave and see how you like it.

One of my first embroideries was on a flour sack teatowel.  I liked how it came out but it was frustrating as all get out because the material was like stitching on gauze and it was so thin.
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« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2007 05:58:51 AM »

*giggles*  That was my piece that made you giggle so... and I now have my favorite quote "Zombies love me for my brains" on my checks that are anatomy charts... =)  Glad my work inspired you... =)
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