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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Stumpwork Lady Gaga on: December 05, 2010 10:06:19 AM
I haven't posted on Craftster for a couple of years now, life got busy Sad

I study at The Royal School of Needlework now, I'm in my second year. It's going pretty well!

I just made this, it's Lady Gaga in stumpwork- a technique popular in the 1600s. It's raised, with lots of padding, applique and needle-weaving and it's quite good at utilising the 'give it a bash' way I live my life. You use materials you can find and you problem solve as you go. At the RSN we have an 'RSN standard' way of doing things but that doesn't apply to Stumpwork so much. Fun!

I am doing a series of portraits of inspirational women, good role models. I began this with Lady Gaga - she's not perfect,  but she's the best we've got in the public eye, for young girls at the moment. Or so I believe!

Those are, uh, her exploding tits...

And that's a little microphone I made from Fimo and a hand made of wire wrapped with thread.

Nice to be back Smiley
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: kurt cobain ami on: June 05, 2009 02:51:29 PM
I could tell who it was from the thumbnail and it's been a while since I was into grunge!

His eyes are wonderful- they give him that drug fueled haze look. Fab job!
3  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Gummi Bears Cake Castle on: June 05, 2009 02:50:17 PM
Awh! Adorable.
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Anna Banana fo fanna : water color and charcoal on: May 07, 2009 12:16:43 AM
Perfect painting!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: my low brow humor via needle and thread. on: May 07, 2009 12:16:13 AM
Haha! Wonderful! The shocker is amazing.

Why are the mature projects nearly always from the stitching galleries? Obviously stitchers have the best sense of humour ;-)
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Stumpwork Crown on: April 28, 2009 11:39:20 AM
Today somebody came over to my blog and suggested that you run the metallic threads through beeswax first to help them glide through the fabric! Might just have to try it.

Thanks for all the comments guys.
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Fox Cub on: April 26, 2009 01:49:29 AM
Adoorable! I have a thing for foxes... I'd buy this from a shop!

I love the blanket too.
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Plush Sims plumbob on: April 22, 2009 01:38:19 PM
Hahaahahaha! Fantastic! I haven't played for YEARS but I remember it well. <3

This is brilliant!
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: New Series: The Promise of Pills on: April 22, 2009 01:37:01 PM
Amazing stitching!

It looks a little like rice.... which I've decided is a good thing.

Can't wait to see more :-)
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Stumpwork Crown on: April 21, 2009 11:03:22 AM
wherethewild's post on a stumpwork flaming heart really kicked my ass into action on the whole stumpwork front. It's been something that's been on my to-do list for a helluva long time now, and last month I dedicated myself to do it for my next college project, stipulating in my Statement of Intent that I would at least try stumpwork out this project (blackwork too- but that's next week!)

So I was in The University Church of St Mary the Virgin in Oxford, UK last week because my Grandpa was on the electroral role at that church for 18 years, and maybe preached there from time to time. There used to be a board up which the family donated to the church when he died in the 60s (I never got to meet him :-( ) with his name on it but apparently it looks too old now, and they've taken it down. Heartbreak aside, I found an image perfect for stumpwork  in the stained glass windows at the back of the church.

I did his crown only in stumpwork. It was fun but using metallic threads was not. Yeeeuuuucck what horrible things they are! They're so pretty but what a pain! And then after all that, they don't photograph well. Sob sob sob.

There are some more photos on my blog if you fancy it. The link is in my signature.

You should try out stumpwork too!
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