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« on: March 19, 2012 03:46:27 AM »

I came across this C.S. Lewis quote on Pinterest: "You can't get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me" and instantly knew I had to incorporate it into a gift for my book-loving, tea-drinking Mum.  I had dabbled in embroidery but never finished anything so I'm quite pleased with how this li'l piece turned out.  It's not perfect but my Mum loved it and I learnt lots to help me in future projects.  Please excuse the poor photography but I was in a rush!

I ended up using applique for the book covers as I was running out of time and wasn't sure I could get them looking neat without a bit of practice first.  Needless to say, I think I am going to become hooked on embroidery and am really looking forward to learning some 'proper' techniques instead of just winging it like I did with this!

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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2012 04:37:14 AM »

This is wonderful and the quote is so spot on! You did a great job, and should do many more pieces of embroidery. Smiley

« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2012 06:12:01 AM »

It is great.

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« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2012 04:02:08 PM »

Fabulous!  I love the applique for the books.  And your letters look great.  I'm a new embroiderer and letters confound me.

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« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2012 07:06:27 PM »

Great job!  And I love the applique books.
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« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2012 07:19:23 PM »

Nothing wrong with winging it in this case; your books look great.

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« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2012 07:11:29 AM »

Ah, thanks everyone for your lovely comments!

I really like the books too, I wanted solid blocks of colour and am happy with how they turned out.

Fancybutch - I just used my own handwriting for the letters to make the gift more personal, rather than using an actual embroidery font.  I just sketched out the letters roughly in tailor's chalk and stitched over them  Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2012 05:09:56 PM »

This looks great, I really like the applique books as well. And you can't go wrong with book-drinking and tea-drinking, in my opinion.

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« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2012 06:40:48 AM »

I am in love. So wonderful! Wait...did I read that right? Your first completed embroidery? Keep it up! You are amazing!

« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2012 08:45:12 AM »

Aw, thanks for the lovely comments guys  Smiley

Embroidery no. 2 is already well underway and looking a lot neater than this one! I do struggle with those pesky threads at the back but am being super-disciplined and knotting, weaving in and trimming constantly as I go. 

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