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« on: May 12, 2011 12:58:00 PM »

I'm so excited, I finished my first embroidery-left-in-the-hoop! I always completely dread trying to frame or figure out what to do with a design once I'm done stitching it, so many thanks to the geniuses who came up with using a hoop for the frame. I really love how it turned out, it looks so...ill-natured.

The design is from a Dover book of Arthur Rackham illustrations done for Wagner's Ring operas. Dover books are a fantastic resource for needlework, I can't recommend them enough! They are cheap, royalty-free, and have tons of old vintage and line-art designs. I used Solvy to transfer the design, another great tip from Craftster.

For fabric I used some white cotton (I think) I had lying around, two strands out of some dark blue floss, and a combo of stem stitches, backstitch, and random straight stitches. It was fun emulating the artist's sketchy, jagged lines in thread, I think pen-and-ink really lends itself well to embroidery.

I painted the outer wood ring with acrylics and finished the back off by hand-stitching a circle of fabric to the back turning the edge under a little bit as I went (I was lazy).


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« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2011 01:30:44 PM »

I think he's awesome!

« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2011 08:15:43 AM »

I agree that sketchy pictures just beg to be stitched. I have an image of a naked Amazon woman I want to stitch but I am intimidated.  maybe this will be the encouragement I need?

I LOVE DOVER! I get their free samples each week. They have such good deals on their books. And they're all made in the USA. There are so many things that beg to be stitched from them. I am so glad you finally did what I've always wanted it. You inspire me.

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« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2011 06:46:35 AM »

Good job! He looks so grumpy!

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« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2011 11:54:06 AM »

Thanks, I'm glad you guys like him! I just got a copy of Alicia Paulson's Embroidery Companion book (so much pretty!) and now I'm thinking of trying her simple lap quilt with different sketchy/pen-and-ink fairy tale drawings stitched onto the white patches.

jexxican: go for it!! the Solvy simplifies it so you can just concentrate on stitching, it makes me want to embroider everything I see now Cheesy

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« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2011 06:02:54 AM »

I love the goblin. I also agree that a sketch makes a beautiful piece of embroidery.

« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2011 11:54:56 AM »

Really amazing, I love the simple design, even if it's a sketch Cheesy And Rackham  is one of the most amazing artists, one of his arts has been my desktop background for the last 8 months Tongue

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