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Topic: Dreams of Pirate Ships and Dragons  (Read 13389 times)
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« on: May 17, 2009 09:10:18 AM »

I made these pillowcases for the Embroider Me to Sleep swap, and my partner has now received. My mom said I was being a bit ambitious, but what does she know, right?  Wink I found all of my inspiration on google images. The ship is vintage tattoo flash (but I just winged the flag), the dragon is from a Japanese-style sketch, the landscape was from an old Japanese monochrome painting, and the tree is a cherry branch. I found a tutorial for drawing the clouds, too.

Here are the original sketches in water soluble ink:

I first outlined the ship, tree and dragon in back stitching with three strands of black floss (to give it a 'tattoo' feel):

Then, I filled with either 3 or 6 strands of floss, depending on how tight the spaces were that I had to fill. I used variegated floss for everything but the hull/masts of the ship and its flag, and the tree. The clouds are satin stitch, the tree is split stitch, and the filled in areas are long/short stitch, split stitch or satin stitch.


Thanks for looking!  Kiss

« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2009 09:16:30 AM »

Wow! I love it.
Great work.

How long did it take you to do it?

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« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2009 09:30:59 AM »

I didn't keep track of my time.  Undecided But, from design to finish, I worked on and off for 5 weeks...maybe 60-80 hours? (I am slow)  Huh I'm just guessing. I was sick for a couple weeks and I only had energy to sit on my couch and stitch, or spin yarn on my drop spindle.  Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2009 09:39:53 AM »

wow wow wow! this is fantastic. gimmie.

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« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2009 09:40:12 AM »

its things like this that make me wish I had some spare time(and talent) for craft swaps. Simply stunning Shocked
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2009 09:51:57 AM »

These are absolutely amazing. Before I saw your WIP pics, I swore they were machine-embroidered. I'm in awe.

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« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2009 09:54:28 AM »

I've been stalking the pillowcase swap, and WHOA this so gorgeous!  Your stitches are beautifully executed.
(And this is an example of why I will never join a big embroidery swap. . . you (and your fellow swappers) are absolutely amazing and intimidating! lol!)

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« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2009 10:51:49 AM »

wowee!  excellent.

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« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2009 11:13:58 AM »

This is amazing! Congratulations on a great acheievment.
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« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2009 11:23:26 AM »

I already commented in the gallery thread but I love these:) Great work!

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