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« on: August 30, 2011 09:19:56 AM »



For Hoopla Swap  I made a "Libellulah Vis Fumo" which is kind of my very loosely translated latin meaning "Steam Powered Dragonfly". With the design I was trying to make it look like one of those old fashioned pictures with the butterfly displayed with pins on a board. (apparently this is called a vintage specimen) I drew it out kind of big and had to keep shrinking it down, and that is why I ended up doing such a big hoop (10") because any smaller and a lot of the tiny details might get lost.  I ended up taking a lot of the details out of the original drawing because I was crazy when I drew it that detailed.  crazy...  


see? crazy...


This was the first time I had employed the long and short satin stitch which sometimes worked well and then in some tighter spots my stitching got all fudgy, but I did feel I got better as I went.  

I did run into a problem though. I started the design with the some vintage thread I found at a thrift store. Not even really thinking I was going to do very much with it, then I found I really needed to more! So there is a lot variation of the colours which ended up being interesting but I will really have to think that out more next time!



I realized that in order for the "gossamer clockwerk" wing to look lowered and more detailed, I had to use a single strand of thread, to do all of the gears.  Although this worked it also was much less forgiving so some of my "round" gears look less than round, but this was a wonky dragonfly anyway!


I did have a lot of fun with it.  And I may try it again for myself because I really liked it!
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« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2011 09:46:48 AM »

That is amazing i absolutely love it Dragonflys are my favourite motif
 both the design and the stitching is brilliant i am very jealouse lol
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« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2011 09:52:28 AM »

Wow!  Shocked
It looks like you put a lot of thought into it and it came out great! Well done, it's beautiful
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« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2011 10:02:13 AM »

So pretty...well done!
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« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2011 10:22:54 AM »

 love love it, it looks so professional,  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2011 11:14:15 AM »

Great design. I really like this.  A dragonfly is a great object to steampunkify.  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2011 11:17:31 AM »

This is stunning!! You did a spectacular job.
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« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2011 11:20:50 AM »

This is gorgeous! Love the drawing of it as well - you should frame that too!
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« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2011 11:17:37 PM »

I'm impressed! You did an amazing job! The colors looked balanced, and very intentional; even if you say you ran out of floss. I think the shading is perfect, everything about it is perfect!   I love your sketch too... I hope you frame it in a giant hoop! Ohhh sew it down to a base of linen, just outside the artwork; THEN frame it in a giant hoop!
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« Reply #9 on: August 30, 2011 11:57:06 PM »

It's not wonky at all, it's perfect! And it's all mine! MWUhahaha
If I was into the idea of actually getting huge tattoos, that drawing would be insanely cool to get across my back Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: August 31, 2011 05:07:24 AM »

You say crazy, but I say crazy awesome! I love everything about this hoop, from the vintage specimen setup to the clockwork details to the colour scheme chosen. Fabulous job! Definitely wisted <3
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« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2011 06:46:45 AM »

Amazing work - lucky partner - this is beautiful!
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« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2011 07:41:27 AM »

that turned out fantastic!
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« Reply #13 on: August 31, 2011 12:30:59 PM »

Thanks everybody!  It makes me wanna do more vintage speciman steampunk insects.. for some reasons insects just really translate into steampunk well.  Perhaps a beetle, or butterfly, a non-threatening-looking spider..(wait is there such a thing?), It could be a really interesting series...
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« Reply #14 on: August 31, 2011 02:09:10 PM »

Wow! That is amazing.
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« Reply #15 on: August 31, 2011 04:53:34 PM »

I'm with Kaeleira - I like everything about this! The idea of a clockwork dragonfly is great in itself, and presenting it as an entomological specimen is even more brilliant, but then doing the whole thing in needlework just moves it to a whole new level!

Melladh is right, though, your drawing would make an awesome tattoo!

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« Reply #16 on: August 31, 2011 06:36:56 PM »

Wow! That is very cool!
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« Reply #17 on: September 02, 2011 11:31:19 AM »

That's gorgeous!  You could totally sell that design -- it's professional good.
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« Reply #18 on: September 03, 2011 01:46:16 AM »

You make me want to pin point!! So bloody rad!
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« Reply #19 on: September 14, 2011 07:24:21 PM »

it looks very meticulous! I'm glad you finished it! it looks great, knowing me, i would have stopped half way through...
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« Reply #20 on: September 19, 2011 06:23:04 AM »

WOW! This is AMAZING! I actually had to do a double take since I was sure this was done by machine. I am completely in love with this and I NEED one for my house.  Wink
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« Reply #21 on: September 21, 2011 11:13:52 AM »

Wow. I am so impressed! The colors look awesome on it, really gives it an antique-y feel.
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« Reply #22 on: September 22, 2011 11:17:30 AM »

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