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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Keffiyeh on: April 27, 2012 10:33:38 AM
Also called a ghutrah.  Traditional Arab head dress.

In back stitch.
Image from Dubai Graphic Encyclopedia. A great resource.
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Marilyn Monroe on: March 21, 2012 10:50:48 PM
A quilt I designed and made.  Inspired by the Andy Warhol painting of Marilyn Monroe.  The quilt measures 2m x 2m and is hand quilted.

I made it to be auctioned for charity at a charity event here in Dubai. The theme of the event is 'Chocolate at the Movies" The gold in her hair is made from chocolate foil-wrappers.  I reinforced it with iron-on interfacing but it is quite fragile and working with it was a challenge!

This is the back of the top layer.
At the moment the quilt hangs in the shop window of the Craft Land shop.  The are sponsoring me.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Intarsia Portrait on: November 16, 2011 04:18:46 AM

An experiment in intarsia knitting. I used the same pattern I used before for blackwork to make this portrait of my son.
It's not perfect - a lot of tension variation - but it was a good exercise.
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My daughter's hand on: November 16, 2011 04:07:21 AM

At 2 months old.
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Arabian Cross Stitch on: November 16, 2011 04:03:00 AM

My first effort at designing an Arab themed Cross Stitch pattern
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / blackwork portrait on: January 31, 2011 08:16:28 AM
This is my first attempt at blackwork.  I used a photo of my son.  I firstly 'posterized' it using Picnik and then pixelated it using a cross-stitch software programme.

I decided to use one continuous pattern and just added layers to give depth to the picture.

It worked quite well, except from the third layer onwards the holbein-outline started to disappear into the pattern

I am happy with how it turned out.

I still want to do one with different patterns for each block.  Maybe with my other son's portrait...

7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / spiral crochet soccerball on: August 23, 2010 11:13:19 PM
This is number two in a series of soccer balls I am working on.  It is made up of spiral hexagons and pentagons.

It was a long process to figure out the position of all the colours to make sure they all match up and form continuing spirals around the ball.

The basic ball is black to form a lining for the crochet

The finished ball

The first one in the series is a patchwork ball made from shweshwe-fabric, a traditional South African fabric, in the colours of the SA flag.

The next one will be embroidered..

More stories and photos about the process on my blog.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered Memory Story on: July 09, 2010 03:20:58 AM
I made this embroidered memory-story for our friends who are leaving Dubai after 7 years.  It contains detail from their life in Dubai.  I worked from photos and used mainly back-stitch with some chain-stitch here and there.

More details about all the different elements can be seen on my blog.
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Butterfly free embroidery on: February 18, 2010 04:01:36 AM

I made this one a couple of years ago.  The 'applique' parts were just basted into place and I then embroidered over it.  There is no glue or iron-on stuff involved here.  I did not plan any of it in advance and just made it up as I went along.
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Profile art for Design Indaba Superstars on: January 22, 2010 11:04:13 PM
This is my entry for the Design Indaba Superstars Competition (http://www.designindaba.com/superstars/recent-entries).  The idea is to take a photo of yourself in profile and then fill it in with anything artistic in such a way that it tells about yourself.

My profile picture

My finished artwork.  I used patchwork, mola applique and 'quilt stitching'.  It isn't really a quilt because there is no batting in, only three layers of fabric.

Here is the patched layer before it was inserted between the two black layers

Detail of the cutting before I did the topstitcing.  I just folded the edges under and fixed it with hemstitch in black thread.

A close-up of the finished work

The array of coloured thread I used for the stitching.

If you like my entry you can vote for me by clicking on my entry and then click on the stars to vote.
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