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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  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!
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Easter Garden on: April 10, 2009 03:23:01 AM
It's a tradition in my family to make an easter garden on Good Friday, which consists of a plate full of soil, one end mounded up into a hill, with a tomb made of stones and three twig crosses stuck into the hill... then decorated with all the flowers our garden can muster.

We lost most religious aspects to our family a long time ago but we still do the garden for tradition. Here's our garden this year:

On Easter Sunday we roll back one of the stones making the tomb.
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Photography... not for vegetarians... on: March 14, 2009 12:14:19 PM
For my textiles(!) project in college, I'm doing a bit about how being bullied at school and things leaves you with a poor self image, and about the whole being called a pig and things... so! I decided to remove some clothes and get a pigs head and tail and take some snaps in the studio with a friend. It's quite a scary thing to do... not the pigs head bit, but the taking my clothes off aspect. I'd have gone for the whole hog (pardon the pun) and removed the lot, but I wanted to keep some ownership and personality.

(Unfortunately we got a bit of the studio in this one)

This one's my favourite... it looks so surreal.

I ended up having a lot of fun.. even if I got a wee bit covered in blood and saw some piggy brains! I figure, if I eat it then I have no right to be squeamish about it.
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / viva la vulva on: February 19, 2009 10:20:38 AM
I'm doing a project for college on more feminine imagery than the standard phallic symbols found everywhere in art, and the entire world.

so i'm sewing up a lot of vulvas.

This one's fresh outta the hoop.

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Hope you like!
6  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Felt Eggs on: February 10, 2009 11:11:36 AM

This was a piece I made for my textile art course way back when in September. Our project was on vessels, so I chose to do eggs and embryos and other such fun things. I'm into images of female power in a big way, and fertility really comes into that for me. I'm not saying that it's womans only job to have babies, and that that's the only thing that makes women powerful- I just adore the imagery.

Bird Embryo

Frog Spawn

Human Embryo (I should've stranded the thread more on this one and I think I will redo it)

Elephant Foetus

Felting the eggs (I did one half, then the other, then I embroidered on one, before stuffing them and sewing them up.)

Here's some back up work (The drawings in the background)

And a machine embroidered felt elephant foetus.

It was fun!
7  COOKING / Dessert / Tea Party! on: February 02, 2009 12:38:17 PM
For my 19th Birthday I decided to have a sickeningly sweet tea party.
I made all the food in the photographs, apart from the jam, and I even made the tiered cake stands.

It was lots of fun!
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Julianna Swaney embroidery on: January 25, 2009 09:07:38 AM

I took a Julianna Swaney letterpress print and made it an embroidery. I think it's quite pretty.

Julianna Swaney's website is here.
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Amy Karol's 2009 stitching pattern on: January 01, 2009 06:27:36 AM
Because I can party so hard... I stayed in on NYE and did this.

I actually had a grand old time!

The pattern can be found at http://angrychicken.typepad.com
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / One-and-twenty button-holes of cherry-coloured silk! on: December 31, 2008 08:21:41 AM
Is anyone else a Beatrix Potter fan?

As a child, we had a video of an animation of The Tailor of Gloucester. I had almost forgotten it, but for when I hear the word 'taffeta' a tingle goes down my spine. Since growing up, I've really gotten in to fabrics, sewing and crafting (obviously!) and I like to think a lot of that is down to the beautiful way this book was written and illustrated, by blessed Beatrix.

My mother bought me the book for Christmas this year, and I wanted to pay homage to it in some way.

If you'd like to know more about the story, spoilers and such can be found on the wikipedia page.

Here's my homage, painted on my bedroom wall:

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