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lunamadre
« on: April 30, 2011 08:12:47 PM »





I found this image of Durga in black and white when I was doing a google image search for hindu goddesses to embroider...I don't know who the artist is, honestly...But I kept bumping into the design and I thought it looked really fun to stitch.  It ended up being pretty addicting, I'm actually a little bummed it's finished. lol

I started out wanting the colors to be shades of brownish red, like it was a henna tattoo, but I couldn't resist adding some punches of color once I got going.  This was really fun to work on, and a great opportunity to try some new stitches I have been intimidated by.  This is my first real use of french knots.  Now that I have the general hang of them, I enjoy doing them!  I tried experimenting with a different number of wraps to vary the size of the knots, which I'm not sure if I like or not.  I have to thank http://www.needlenthread.com/ for being my lifeline during this piece.  I don't know what I would do without those video tutorials! 
I used the herringbone stitch for the crown detail, which is something that never occurred to me to do, because I had no knowledge of it before!  But I'm really happy with how it translated the style of the headpiece.

I started out with the intentions of making this really simple, but it sort of snowballed into a big needlework experiment.  I haven't done too many embroidery projects yet, so C&C are welcome....now I have to decide what to do with it now that it's out of the hoop finally!  Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2011 08:23:10 PM »

It's really lovely.  The rich colors you chose work wonderfully, and I love the use of different stitches together.  Those how-to videos look really handy.  I'll have to give them a look.
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« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2011 08:49:25 PM »

I am in awe! This is lovely!  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy your stitches are perfection!!!  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2011 06:10:58 AM »

It's very beautiful. You did a great job.
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« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2011 08:06:00 AM »

Beautiful embroidery!
And you were right to bring in those colours. They are perfect.
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« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2011 11:32:15 AM »

She is BEAUTIFUL! Well done lunamadre. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2011 11:35:24 AM »

Quick question...what stitch is the gold work just above the 2 side flowers? Are those french knots in metallic?

French knots can be a bear but once you get the hang of them, they are a lot of fun. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2011 12:34:15 PM »

That piece is amazing!  I love it!  Great colors, beautiful stitching!  I'm so envious. Cheesy 
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« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2011 04:15:22 PM »

Quick question...what stitch is the gold work just above the 2 side flowers? Are those french knots in metallic?

French knots can be a bear but once you get the hang of them, they are a lot of fun. Smiley

No, it's not metallic...I think the part you are talking about is actually the yellow-green thread I used throughout the rest of the piece.  And yes, it's a line of very close french knots inside those paisley shapes...they remind me a little of octopus tentacles, lol!

Thanks so much for the nice feedback everyone!  Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2011 06:44:42 PM »

I love the fact that you branched out into different stitches. Its a beautifully done piece.
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