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jemimah
« on: July 08, 2010 12:07:02 AM »

This is the needle book I made for the lovely goldfishpollywog for the OTET swap.




This is a scan, as my camera doesn't seem to cope with fine detail.

goldfishpollywog's photo is much better, and the colour is more accurate (the fabric is a rich teal).


I couldn't find a pattern I liked. I looked at lots of pictures of goldfish, but this isn't from any one picture.

It is stitched on what I'm fairly sure is vintage silk, using single strand DMC floss. I used split, satin, stem, and blanket stitches, plus a made up kind of back stitch for the scale overlay. The fins and tail pieces were stitched on gold organza, then lightly stitched on so they sit very slightly out from the fabric. The needle book is just under 4 inches square.

I have to admit, I'm pretty pleased with it. Would love to hear your comments.  Smiley
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pestkaj
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2010 12:29:17 AM »

Gorgeous- I love it!
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« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2010 12:30:27 AM »

Absolutely stunning!  Grin You did a great job with the embroidery!
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« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2010 04:09:29 AM »

Beautifully done, it stands out so nicely on the teal silk!
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« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2010 04:32:40 AM »

You should be pleased - it's absolutely lovely.  Lucky goldfishpollywog! Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2010 05:23:09 AM »

It's so cute!  Cheesy So much detail, too. Your swap partner is very lucky!
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« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2010 05:45:56 AM »

It's adorable! I love the fins - the gold organza works so much better than solid stitching, or even just outlining, would have. I actually adore the scanned picture - it makes the needle book look like its underwater - which makes me happy! Cheesy
So pretty!
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« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2010 06:05:17 AM »

That's some fancy handi-work!  Great job! 
I love goldfish art Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2010 06:40:11 AM »

Totally wisted this! I love goldfish, in fact i'm looking at my babies swimming around right now! great work.
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« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2010 07:00:36 AM »

It is very beautiful! i love the translucency and lightness of the organza underneath, I agree with LadyMearle - it works so much better than simply outlining!
Cute!  Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2010 10:27:42 AM »

This is truly beautiful.  I love the many stitches and layers this has... and the textures!  Like the previous posters, I too love the organza for the fins.  That is genius.  What a lucky partner you have!
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jemimah
« Reply #11 on: July 08, 2010 01:07:34 PM »

Thank you everyone!

I'm plotting and scheming for my next piece right now, and I think I might use organza again somehow. It catches the light so nicely.
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« Reply #12 on: July 08, 2010 08:50:19 PM »

WOW! very cute
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« Reply #13 on: July 08, 2010 10:10:03 PM »

Love the colour scheme, and I love the technique of embroidering onto one fabric then sewing it onto another.  How did the organza hold up to the stitching - was it very delicate?  What's this technique called? Smiley
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jemimah
« Reply #14 on: July 09, 2010 01:22:30 AM »

Hmmm, I'm not sure if there's a special name for it. I suppose it's a form of applique? I've done a bit of stumpwork in the past, and stumpwork usually involves stitching separate pieces (often wired or stuffed), then attaching them to the main embroidery. Although this piece isn't stumpwork, I've probably been influenced by the techniques here.

The organza was pretty delicate. I stitched it in a frame, and blanket stitched the edges to minimise the risk of it falling apart. I wouldn't expect it to survive rough treatment though. I have done wired pieces by fusing a double layer of organza with fusible web, and that's probably a little sturdier.

And thank you  Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: July 09, 2010 06:45:22 AM »

this is absolutely gorgeous!! the fins are amazing, you have a very lucky swap partner!! I'm fairly new to embroidery and this is such an inspiration!!
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« Reply #16 on: July 09, 2010 12:38:42 PM »

WOW!  That is absoloutely fantastic, well done!
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« Reply #17 on: July 09, 2010 07:48:40 PM »

What an amazing goldfish!  It's perfectly stitched!
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« Reply #18 on: July 09, 2010 08:39:14 PM »

It's really lovely.  I enjoy seeing great technique.
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« Reply #19 on: July 10, 2010 09:09:57 AM »

This is gorgeous and I love the contrast of the silk and the goldfish.

Does your camera have a macro setting? Most digital cameras indicate the setting with a little flower. That helps so much when I take detail pictures because that's what it's for.
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« Reply #20 on: July 10, 2010 09:28:17 AM »

Wow! That is beautiful.
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« Reply #21 on: July 10, 2010 10:07:34 AM »

Wow! Love the finish of the tail with the gold organza.
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« Reply #22 on: July 10, 2010 11:12:00 AM »

wowzers!  this is beautiful.  i love the combination of the silk, that fabric, and your embroidery- it's absolutely perfect!
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jemimah
« Reply #23 on: July 10, 2010 12:21:15 PM »

Does your camera have a macro setting? Most digital cameras indicate the setting with a little flower.

It probably does, I will have another go with it. It's quite old and not originally mine, so I haven't read the instructions!

Thanks for the advice  Smiley
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« Reply #24 on: July 10, 2010 12:36:26 PM »

That's absolutely beautiful - a terrific design and I love the colours.
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« Reply #25 on: July 10, 2010 01:38:15 PM »

That is really, really beautiful!
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« Reply #26 on: July 18, 2010 10:14:10 PM »

Oooh I love! The detail is outstanding!
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« Reply #27 on: July 21, 2010 06:16:38 PM »

What a beautiful piece! Fantastic stitch work and great choice of fabric for the background.
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« Reply #28 on: July 22, 2010 07:43:33 AM »

Amazing, the detail on that is stunning.
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« Reply #29 on: July 26, 2010 11:25:57 PM »

This is so beautiful. The detail is sweet! It reminds me of the fish from Disney's Fantasia. Smiley Or Cleo from Pinocchio. Smiley
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« Reply #30 on: July 27, 2010 02:32:51 AM »

Thanks everyone for the lovely comments! Smiley
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« Reply #31 on: August 03, 2010 02:55:56 PM »

Uhhh... HOLEEEE COW!  Or rather... HOLEEE GOLDFISH!  I adore this.  The stitching is so beautiful.  I love the added netting along the fins!  In love!  Grin
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« Reply #32 on: October 04, 2012 10:33:29 AM »

Really late response but I love this fishy so much!
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« Reply #33 on: March 27, 2013 09:53:06 AM »

It's gorgeous ! The colours, the effects, the embroidery, it's very impressive.

As for the design, I'm more bird than fish, but it's a very nice fish Smiley
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« Reply #34 on: March 28, 2013 10:12:41 AM »

Its gorgeous. Love the stitching and the organza I'm assuming used on the tail?

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