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« on: March 22, 2009 09:47:10 AM »

It's been a while since I've been seen around here, so I thought I'd dive back in with one of my more recent embroideries. I'm in a big stumpwork mode at the moment and am doing some which are inspired by classic tattoos. This is the first, a flaming heart:



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« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2009 09:52:32 AM »

That.is.awesome! So very cool.
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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2009 10:00:43 AM »

This completely rocks!
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« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2009 10:05:54 AM »

Wow! The 3-dimensionality of that is spectacular. I definitely hit 'this rocks'!
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« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2009 10:36:37 AM »

WOW!  That looks great!!
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« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2009 11:29:14 AM »

Awesome! I love the 3D effect, I can only imagine it has an awesome texture too. *smiles*
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« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2009 11:29:43 AM »

This is simply astonishing.
I thought stumpwork was for old fuddy duddy things and seeing this makes me want to try it.
Awesome.
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« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2009 11:39:06 AM »

Gorgeous! Love stumpwork, and this one is excellent. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2009 12:01:24 PM »

very cool, the 3d effect is awesome
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« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2009 12:05:10 PM »

this is so awesome! how do u do that? what are the materials?

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« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2009 12:10:58 PM »

Gosh, thanks everyone!

I didn't expect such an enthusiastic (and rapid) response. It's got me all motivated to sit down and keep stitching on the next one (where some annoying metal threads have been driving me batty).

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« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2009 12:14:27 PM »

I love this so much - it's awesome!  I'm not really familiar with stumpwork, but it looks gorgeous.  Love the 3-D look to it!
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« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2009 02:19:18 PM »

It looks great, but excuse a poor old swede... What is stumpwork?
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« Reply #13 on: March 22, 2009 03:42:25 PM »

yeah, what she said... what the heck is stumpwork? if it's all this freaking awesome i'm totally shocked that i don't know what it is already! wicked cool.
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« Reply #14 on: March 22, 2009 03:50:28 PM »

I thought I sorta knew what stumpwork was, but I've never seen anything like this.  It's so... wow! Please do feel free to share with us more about how you constructed this awazing work Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: March 22, 2009 03:56:42 PM »

Stumpwork is an old English technique, popular in the 17th Century (I think, I should go and check on that, but it's about right). It has a lot of 3D stuff, which are built on either felt padding or wired elements. Generally stumpwork designs are flowers, animals or people.

This heart is a bit of mutated stumpwork, I haven't stuck with the "traditional" stitches or methods everywhere (I'm sure someone somewhere will get upset with me for that!  Wink ). Its all done in normal floss (DMC/Anchor) and the purple flames are made on wire. You do these separately and then add them in when they're already finished. It's actually really easy - there is only four seperate stitches: blanket stitch for the large blue flames; satin stitch for the solid blue flames, cross stitch for the heart and the purple flames are in needlelace (which is pretty much a detached buttonhole stitch).
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« Reply #16 on: March 22, 2009 08:07:46 PM »

This is totally rad!  Thank you for explaining stumpwork. I still don't totally understand but I will research more into it.  Wow, your piece is really inspirational! 
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« Reply #17 on: March 22, 2009 08:26:30 PM »

This is beautiful. I love it!  Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: March 22, 2009 09:33:41 PM »

Oh my wow! I immediatley googled stumpwork to learn all about it! I may have to give this a try- if I want a new obsession! This is awesome. I am so inspired by fellow crafters on here to keep stretching my skills and try new techniques like this. Great work!
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It's actually really easy - there is only four seperate stitches: blanket stitch for the large blue flames; satin stitch for the solid blue flames, cross stitch for the heart and the purple flames are in needlelace (which is pretty much a detached buttonhole stitch).

Of course, that's a bit like a Ninja saying "being a ninja is easy, you just jump out of the shadows and kill people without making a sound"...  Grin

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« Reply #20 on: March 23, 2009 03:07:06 AM »

well jumping outta the shadows and killing people IS eas... wait a minute, am I giving away too much here? Wink

Seriously, though, it IS. It's just embroidery, not rocket science. They're basic stitches and everyone here can do them. It's nothing to be intimidated by, and I'd LOVE to see more people trying it out!
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« Reply #21 on: March 23, 2009 06:37:55 AM »

It's actually really easy - there is only four seperate stitches: blanket stitch for the large blue flames; satin stitch for the solid blue flames, cross stitch for the heart and the purple flames are in needlelace (which is pretty much a detached buttonhole stitch).

You crack me up!

Of course, that's a bit like a Ninja saying "being a ninja is easy, you just jump out of the shadows and kill people without making a sound"...  Grin

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« Reply #22 on: March 23, 2009 10:44:30 AM »

this is amazing - i can totally appreciate using traditional skills in a modern way!
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« Reply #23 on: March 23, 2009 10:45:21 AM »

Wow, that looks hot! (In more ways than one Cheesy)
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« Reply #24 on: March 23, 2009 12:36:51 PM »

Love this!  I've always enjoyed the little bit that I puttered around in stumpwork but I was traditional and now I feel sort of lame....

And can I just say I'm enjoying the ninja comments?  Whenever I manage to pull something off at work, my staff asks me how and I tell them it's because I'm ninja awesome.  Wink
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« Reply #25 on: March 23, 2009 12:44:35 PM »

thats beautiful! so detailed. great job and when you make more i hope you show it off again!
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« Reply #26 on: March 23, 2009 12:56:19 PM »

 Shocked Whoa, that is so cool! I love the colors and dimension, great work!
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« Reply #27 on: March 23, 2009 01:04:31 PM »

This is awesome! I love how it's actually 3-d!
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« Reply #28 on: March 23, 2009 03:03:02 PM »

I love this. I discovered stumpwork in a book in my old college a couple of years ago and decided I wanted to give it a go.

This has not happened yet. This may have given me the kick up the arse I need. I know you've said it's easy but do you think it's something one can teach themselves?
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« Reply #30 on: March 24, 2009 03:41:38 AM »

@curegreed

I'm self taught. I used Jane Nicholas's books primarily (which are admitedly somewhat difficult to work out because the project layout it a bit weird) and did a few smaller things out of Inspirations magazine. A couple of years ago I did some short (30min) stumpwork courses at the Stitches & Craft Show in London, but by then I'd already been doing it a while.
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« Reply #31 on: March 24, 2009 06:28:20 AM »

Wow! That detailed pic is just incredible.
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« Reply #32 on: March 25, 2009 09:18:04 AM »

I too checked it out in my library last summer and thought it a little too 'traditional' and complicated for someone like me jumping back into needlework after a loooonnnng break.

But I'm with curegreed...this may tempt me to try it.  Your work is awesome and the 3-D just opens a whole world of possibilities!! 

I may be way off base with this observation, but this brings emroidery kissing close to quilting, doesn't it?

Last question....did you use traditional batting for the heart?
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Holy cow... that is really amazing. I can't believe its 3d! That must have taken so long... and the colors are fantastic!
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