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Topic: Decemberists Geisha embroidery (first project!)  (Read 11997 times)
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« on: October 23, 2008 03:55:19 PM »

For my first project, crazy old me decided to do an embroidered rendition of the Billy Liar EP sleeve:

So, I decided that I wanted to embroider a Decemberists picture for my friend Joes birthday. How hard can it be?, I thought, I can draw, it cant be that different, right?. Uh, that was my first mistake.

Rather foolhardily, I then decided that patterns are for wusses, and just drew my own pattern from squinting very hard at a tiny picture of the Decemberists Billy Liar EP sleeve my chosen design. Why, oh why, did I not start with a nice daisy or stick figure, or anything, really, that wasnt a ruddy geisha???

Then I decided that embroidery books were too expensive, and maybe I should give it a go from looking at other peoples embroidery online. Because, squinting at your monitor for an hour is just as good as using nice clear instructions

Anyway, the overall result was that this project seriously kicked my butt a real piece of humble pie. Next time, Im buying a book, and embroidering a stick figure.

Gratuitous pictures (sorry, I cant take good pictures my hands shake, and I live in semi-darkness)

Its done in backstitch, chain stitch, and satin stitch (I think?). Also, I am going to frame it, when I work out how.

And the original:

Anyway, despite me being a complete idiot, it is my first project and I am rather attached to it, so please dont be too unkind!

Comments/criticism/advice welcome!


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« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2008 03:57:57 PM »

No unkind words her! She's beautiful!! Great work! Especially with no book, no pattern and no experience....I really love this)
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2008 04:02:01 PM »

OMG!  That is gorgeous!!!  I love the Decemberists and thats a lovely project
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« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2008 04:06:33 PM »

Wow!  Thats beautiful!

Amazing job. well done!
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« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2008 04:14:07 PM »

THis is an absolutely amazing first project. Your satin stitch is amazing!

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« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2008 04:14:20 PM »

This is gorgeous! Your satin stitch blows my mind- as does your patience!  Wink  I love how closely you've matched the colors and the attention to detail!

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« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2008 04:21:09 PM »

wow. just wow. this piece is amazing.
« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2008 04:30:14 PM »

Ok how awesome is that?!!!  Its absolutely beautiful - you have a talent for this (and patience - that must have taken a while!!!)

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« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2008 04:38:08 PM »

that is so beautiful.. i am always a fan of geishas.. and the decemberists Smiley amazing job for your first project!!

« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2008 04:42:15 PM »

Er, wow!

Amazing stuff and a real quality job.
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