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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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« Reply #19 on: March 23, 2009 02:50:56 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).

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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