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« on: September 10, 2011 07:26:22 AM »

While browsing through internet images for craft project ideas, I came across this great piece by Sid Stankovitz ( http://blackmarketartcompany.com/cart/images/brideoffrankenstein.jpg ) and I knew I had to do an embroidery version for my friend's birthday. I am new to embroidery so most of it is in back stitch (my go-to stitch). There's a bit of satin stitch and, woo hoo!!! I conquered my fear of french knots and now I want to put them errrrrrrvywhere!

I left the lips outlined in back stitch for a long time, not sure which stitch to use. Then I got the "brilliant" (i.e., totally effed up and don't ever do that again) idea of using a Sharpie to color in the mouth. Which then bled outside my outline. Flippin' great. So then I relined the lips and then filled them in with a janky version of some not so great fill stitch which still kinda bugs me (but the piece now lives in my friend's house so it will only bug me when I go over there and pick apart my mistakes  Tongue ).

When the piece was finished, I dipped it in a bowl of water to get rid of the embroidery pen marks and then set it outside to dry. Twenty minutes later, I went to check on it -- and sweet Jesus on a freakin' pogo stick, the Sharpie had bled aaallll up around the mouth and face area, this yellowy-orangey smear. Shit balls. Now what?? I figured it was pretty much a gift for the trash can and so I didn't have anything to lose at this point so I busted out my 3 year old daughter's cheapie watercolors and started dabbing colors onto the cloth. And, wonders of all wonders, I actually liked the result! Watercolors are so forgiving--just a quick dip in the bowl of water and any "mistakes" are quickly rinsed away and a clean palette awaits. I will definitely be using the painting technique again.



French knots, hooray!


I'd love some suggestions as to which stitch would've worked better for her lips.


Here she is, all framed and ready for giving:


And here she is with her happy new owner:


Thanks for looking and reading! Comments and criticisms are appreciated. Happy stitching!
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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2011 07:53:13 AM »

She is beautiful.  I can hardly credit that you are new to embroidery.  Your stitching skills are so enviable.  I love all the different stitches you used. I love her and the water colours really make the piece.  Isn't it amazing how sometimes when you have to improvise you end up with something better than you originally planned?
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« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2011 08:09:16 AM »

The watercolors really give her a dead flesh look!  Awesome work!
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« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2011 10:13:35 AM »

Fantastic!
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« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2011 01:56:52 PM »

Wonderful!
I never would have guessed the water colours were to cover up a flaw, it's perfect the way it is!
I'd be proud to hang it on my wall !
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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2011 03:30:39 PM »

So much texture. I just love it. You did an amazing job.
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« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2011 04:07:41 PM »

Despite the problems you had with this it came out looking awesome! Your stitching is inspiring. Great work.
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« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2011 10:57:02 AM »

It's great that you just went with your Sharpie stain and capitalized on it...true Craftster spirit!  This turned out wonderfully.  The colors and texture of your stitches are great.  The frame is just right, too.
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« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2011 07:15:56 PM »

Love the idea!! It came out perfect! No one would have known about the mistakes either if you didn't tell us Tongue
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« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2011 07:30:50 PM »

That is bomb! Such ingenuity in figuring out how to make it look awesome despite the (in the end) happy accidents. I tip my hat to your creative skills. Cheesy
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