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Topic: Psudeo-Stumpwork on the fly - sushi, spiders, and more  (Read 2821 times)
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« on: June 07, 2014 05:00:13 PM »



I have always admired stumpwork especially from fellow craftsters Ludi and jemimah. So when the recent Twinchie swap came around, I decided to tackle this technique for fun. Everything I did was based off of images and tutorials I found around the web.

The first thing I made was this wee twinchie for the aforementioned swap. While the mounting made the entire piece slightly larger than 2 inches, the stitching itself was contained to about 1.75". The clover was made over some jewelry wire I had on hand. When I do this again I will make sure to use thinner wire since I had a bit of trouble anchoring the wire on the backside. I ended up mounting the whole thing on foam core board and dug out a little hollow for the wire to sit in and liberally glued it so it's not going anywhere. Also another thing I didn't really pull off was the buttonhole stitch that's supposed to anchor the wire to the fabric. I had a really hard time with it, so I ended up just doing a really tight whip stitch which seemed to work well.





After that, I was hooked and had to make more. I made two ATCs for alwaysinmyroom in the current OWS swap. The first one was based on a piece of embroidery I found through pinterest. My only regret is that when I was sewing the fabric to the base (again foam core board) it ended up pulling a little too much to one side and isn't that centered. But live and learn. (I love the little shrimp!)









I also made her this spider fellow...looking up reference pictures were simultaneously awe-inspiring and really creepy (not a huge spider fan in real life). I used wire for the legs wrapped in embroidery floss - that bit was made up on the fly - I doubt that is a typical stumpwork technique, or at least I didn't see anything for it.





Oh, and to keep the spider proportional the front legs ended up being distended off the card. I thought about redoing it, but I liked how it looked like it was escaping. They're also movable somewhat.



I also made another 2" piece with a mushroom and beetle. And lots of french knots. French knots are fun  Smiley The mushroom was rather a challenge (another thing I kind of made up since I didn't see any tutorials on how to form the cap) to stitch through so I don't know if I'll do too many more of those unless I learn of a better way to do it.





Last one, not technically stumpwork, but it was some fun texture stitching I did all for myself. More french knots and looped bullion knots mounted on a copper pendant base (thank you tapestrymlp!). All I need to do now is add a chain.

Edit: Now named "Yummy melted cheese dish" Thanks alwaysinmyroom!






That's it for now. I'd love to hear any tips or advice if anyone has it to offer. I am just getting started with stumpwork!
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« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2014 05:28:44 PM »

OMG WOW wow wow AND wow. I love them all! Simply gorgeous. I love how the spider legs are coming out longer like it's about to walk off. I'm glad it turned out like that.
I love the mushroom and think it turned out wonderful.... French knots are beautiful I agree....I could go on and on .....
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« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2014 05:39:23 PM »

I am happy to be the recipient of the spider and the sushi!  How fun to get something that you wanted to try out...and you did a wonderful job...love the textures, the colors, the 3-d effect, etc.

I was looking for letters of my name in ATC's, but the spider is just too wonderful and needs to be displayed all on its own!  I am going to put it with my collection of "bugs"...you will be in company of cackle's pieces for me... Grin

The sushi is going in my kitchen...or maybe in my Japanese curio cabinet!

Nice work, sheepblue...keep on trying new things!  I am sure there are a bunch of us who would love to be your guinea pig! Grin

lol--the last piece threw me...I thought it was a yummy melted cheese dish....
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« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2014 05:42:31 PM »

OMG WOW wow wow AND wow. I love them all! Simply gorgeous. I love how the spider legs are coming out longer like it's about to walk off. I'm glad it turned out like that.
I love the mushroom and think it turned out wonderful.... French knots are beautiful I agree....I could go on and on .....

Ditto to all of it!!

I am definitely adding stumpwork to my list of crafts I want to learn. I need to improve my basic stitching first before I branch out, but I am so inspired by your work (Love, love, love the spider! One of my favorites, especially because they make such amazing webs.)! I've bookmarked this topic so I can come back for inspiration when I'm ready to give it a go Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2014 05:55:13 PM »

I love all of these so much!  All of them ROCK so hard!   Cheesy  So inspiring!

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« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2014 06:04:09 PM »

Thank you guys so much for your beautiful words. I had a tremendous amount of fun making these and your feedback is a validation to all my little experiments and made up techniques that really warm my heart.

lol--the last piece threw me...I thought it was a yummy melted cheese dish....

This made me choke on my spit, you caught me off-guard always LOL. Now it'll forever be a yummy melted cheese dish to me. I do love cheese.

I love all of these so much!  All of them ROCK so hard!   Cheesy  So inspiring!

No, Thank you for being a tremendous amount of inspiration to me!  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2014 06:26:18 PM »

Oh myyy! Those are brilliant!! I especially love the mushroom and yummy cheese dish. Grin
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« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2014 06:37:01 PM »

Beautiful! I love all of them, tho my favorite is the ladybug and 4 leaf clover. French knots for the dirt was an interesting choice - I think it gives it a perfect texture.
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« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2014 10:20:19 PM »

gorgeous! I particularly love the sushi!  so clever.
great skill for first attempts
and totally inspiring

I just did my first French knots and a going to have to work on more consistent size, some are big and loose and some are smaller and tighter. 
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