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Topic: My first embroidery--a Dia de los Muertos Skull!  (Read 576 times)
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« on: September 05, 2011 03:09:33 PM »

I was randomly stalking the Needlework section of Craftster, and saw all of the awesome projects here.  I was so impressed that I decided to get into embroidery myself.  
I made my own design, and simply drew it on the fabric with a pencil (I don't know anything about iron-on transfers and whatnot).  I found a fantastic website that had several stitch tutorials.  (http://www.embroidery.rocksea.org/hand-embroidery/). I used a running stitch, an interlaced running stitch, a lazy daisy stitch, fishbone stitch, a butterfly chain stitch, and attempted some other stitch under the eyes that I can't remember.  I definitely have a long way to go, but I really enjoyed my introduction to embroidery.  
Unintended bonus for choosing a skull:  completely wigging out my parents, and frightening little old ladies in the coffee house who saw exactly what I was doing.   ^_^

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« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2011 04:15:40 PM »

I really like the colours and textures you've used. That's a fantastic first-time project!

« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2011 05:28:59 PM »

Thank you!  I've always loved all the colors in Dia de los Muertos skulls, which is partly why I chose it as my first project. 
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« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2011 10:14:38 AM »

I also love the colors and the textures--the flower at the top of the skull is my favorite.  It's great that you can figure out how to do something as awesome as this with just your imagination and the internet.  I look forward to seeing more of your projects!
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2011 11:11:05 AM »

Thanks!  I spent a lot of time looking at other Dia de los Muertos skulls to help me come up with a design, but I didn't really end up following it.  I saw all of the interesting stitches on the website mentioned in my first post that I had to try them out.

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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2011 03:40:26 PM »

Great colors-I really like the flowers.

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