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« on: July 10, 2011 11:48:41 AM »

Hi all! I've been a very busy crafter this summer! My latest completed project is this piece of stumpwork embroidery. I picked the subject matter mainly as a technique assignment for myself, this is only my second completed stumpwork piece (my other being this monstrosity.)

And some closeups.

The leaves and berries are padded with a piece of felt underneath them. The berry on the bottom I completed on another piece of fabric, made a running stitch around it, cut it out and pulled the running stitch tight to make a little ball. I then attached it to the main hoop with a couple of stab stitches to add another 3D component to the piece.

And detail of the butterfly.

To make the butterfly wings, I first drew the 4 wing components separately on fabric. I stab stitched thin wire around the wings so that they would keep shape after I cut them out. After completing the filling stitch on the wings, I blanket stitched around the wire.
The body was a fun stitch. I think, it's called a broom loop stitch, but I can double check if anyone is interested. Basically you make loops on top of the fabric secured by tiny stitches, and then when you are finished filling in the area you cut the loops off to make a fluffy pile.

I love embroidery. I took a hoopla swap break because I really wanted to get better at stumpwork so that I would have some new skills to offer swap partners. Completing this project definitely increased my confidence- maybe I'll be back in the realm of hoopla swaps soon Smiley

As always, would love to hear what you guys think!

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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2011 11:57:54 AM »

Just... gorgeous!

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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2011 12:08:33 PM »

I LOVE this! Gahh!

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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2011 12:18:17 PM »

Thanks for the love guys! Much better than the "mmm that's nice" reaction from the hubby Tongue
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2011 12:28:40 PM »

That's incredible!  I love monarchs, and this is so cool.  It must take a lot of time and patience to do stumpwork.  I've never tried it.  I'm sure your future swap partners will be thrilled to receive something so amazing!

How many hours did it take you?
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2011 01:05:33 PM »

Thanks for the kind words nikschaf! I worked on this piece for about two weeks, mostly in the evening after the kiddo was in bed- I'd say probably 3 or 4 hours a night, so roughly 40-50 hours total. That includes planning, sketching, and all that technical work time too.

You should totally try stumpwork! It's really fun. My best advice is to treat yourself and get an embroidery stand if you don't already have one. It makes working so much easier and faster without having to hold your hoop too Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2011 02:46:18 PM »

This is crazy amazing! I love how juicy and plump your berries look and I would believe it if the butterfly flittered right off the hoop. Smiley This is definitely a lot of inspiration to try stumpwork!

« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2011 06:55:29 PM »

Oh, wow. It's fantastic! So well executed!

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« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2011 04:12:25 AM »

Fantastic!  I am in complete awe of stumpwork!


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« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2011 08:59:42 AM »

Thanks for the compliments! I'm so glad some of you are inspired to try stumpwork- go for it!! I'm no expert, but have figured some things out by trial and error, so if there are any questions feel free to send me a PM  Smiley
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