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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Socks of the Distant Future (Flight of the Conchords inspired) on: October 14, 2011 01:24:30 PM
Hi there! I just wanted to show off these socks a bit - I've only recently done a few pieces of stranded knitting, and I love these a lot! But they are bit small for me, so I had to give them to my sister ...

If you are into Fight of the Conchords, these socks are Robotic Socks of the Distant Future (from the song The Humans Are Dead), complete with robots on the legs, and a binary sole-o!

Pattern here on ravelry. I didn't write the pattern, I enjoyed knitting it though Smiley
12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Birds and hearts embroidery on: May 12, 2011 03:04:55 PM
This hoop has just gone to its new home with the lovely Robinpich in a personal swap Smiley

It's adapted from a traditional Schwalm embroidery design, from a vintage Anna magazine. I didn't use the traditional drawn or pulled thread techniques though. It's stitched with perle cotton using various stitches (chain, satin, coral, trellis couching, herringbone, and something else).

It was very enjoyable to stitch - and I think Robin likes it too! Smiley Would love to hear your comments. Have any of you tried Schwalm work? I'd love to see some here.
13  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Cat etching on: May 11, 2011 03:46:33 PM
aheartofglass very kindly sent me a new etching tool in the Ongoing Wish Swap. Smiley  I took it for a test drive this week, and made a cat! (well, several cats actually ...) It's a drypoint etching, drawn freehand with my new scribe on a metal plate, then printed on a small etching press. It's about 3" square.

I was very pleased with the result of one evening's work - can't wait to try something more ambitious soon!

I'd love to hear what you think of it - and I'd be really interested in any suggestions for subjects that might suit this style of artwork too!
14  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / More happy trees! on: April 20, 2011 07:38:50 PM
Same concept, different colour scheme (no pink, more green/spring colours). An angel package for the lovely phoenixfiredesigns in the Ongoing Wish Swap. Hope it makes you smile!

In my painting group, it's funny how several different people kept saying the same thing when they saw these trees in progress: "they're so happy!" Cheesy

15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Stumpwork Dragon on: April 17, 2011 05:00:56 PM
This was stitched for the lovely luckdragon in the recent IYP swap. luckdragon is an awesome swap partner! (you might have seen the gorgeous fishies she stitched for me on this board Smiley)

I was wondering what to stitch for her, and of course, it had to be a dragon! While there are many fabulous dragon patterns and pictures out there, I hadn't seen a stumpwork dragon anywhere, and I really wanted to work in 3D. So I came up with this one from scratch.

The wing is sitting fairly flat in this picture, before posting, but it's wired and poseable.

A closer view of his face.

And here he is, fierce but happy, in his new home on luckdragon's wall. Smiley

He is stitched with silk applique on a cotton background fabric, in Soie d'Alger silk thread, wired and padded, various stitches (just ask if you want to identify any particular stitch). He was a challenge to create, but I had a lot of fun making him - and best of all I think luckdragon rather likes him too! Cheesy
16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / One Groovy Stumpwork Bird on: April 17, 2011 03:56:23 PM
I was very lucky to be partnered with the one-and-only onegroovyday for the Diptych Round of the Hoopla swap Smiley We had an awesome time, and I'm sure many of you have seen the FANTASTIC Starry Night Tardis she created for me!

Well, I knew I had to make her something very special! OGD loves birds and trees, so this is what I made:-

I worked from a picture to get some of the branch/leaf shapes, but all the rest was pretty much freehand. It's stitched on linen/linen blend, with some cotton and silk applique, the wing and many of the leaves wired, and many different stitches (feel free to ask if there's a specific one that you want to know what it is).

I looked very hard for a teeny tiny hoop for the birdie to hold, but with no luck. But then I thought, birdies can't use screw hoops anyway - birdies don't have thumbs! So I made it out of wired leaves, and I think it turned out pretty well that way Smiley

It was a lot of fun to make, and onegroovyday really likes it too! Yay! Cheesy
17  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Fun flower embroidery on: April 03, 2011 09:46:40 PM
I made this for the marvellous mimiw in the Ongoing Wish Swap. She had a few stylised garden/flower designs on her wist, but rather than an exact copy, I got some inspiration, and came up with my own design. It was really enjoyable to stitch Smiley (I made something similar for babalina too, will load a pic when I find it!)

This is a really fun project if you want to play around, and practice old stitches or try new ones. I started by ironing on the corduroy piece for the ground, and roughly marked a couple of circles with my disappearing purple marker. Then I got out my stitch dictionary and started playing around with a whole variety of stitches.

For the stitches in this hoop, I used some old classics (blanket, chain, herringbone, french knots), some fun favourites (checkered chain, cretan, whipped spider, coral, colonial knots, cable chain), and a couple of new-to-me stitches that I really like (pekinese, basque). All in 2 strands of DMC on cotton fabric.

It's a great way to work on your embroidery skills - a bit like an old-fashioned sampler, but you get a cute hoop at the end of it! Because it's a fun, casual style, you don't need to get too worried about everything lining up (just use disappearing marker if you want a guideline) - I deliberately made mine not symmetrical, so it didn't look too stiff.

If you like it, have a go at making your own version! I'd love to see it Smiley

(And if there's some interest, I'd be happy to do a tutorial or stitchalong sometime Smiley)
18  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Happy tree painting on: February 01, 2011 10:06:30 PM
I painted this for sarahj2001 for the Ongoing Wish Swap. It's inspired by two different paintings (by different artists) that were on her wist, plus the colours and fabrics she had on there too. Although I liked the things she had wisted, I didn't want to do a direct copy, so I attempted my own take on the style. Acrylic on canvas.

It's not the sort of thing I usually do, but it makes me smile and I like how it turned out. And sarahj2001 likes it too - hooray!

Would love to hear your comments and suggestions.
19  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / It Came From The Deep ... I Mean, The Hoop!! (Tentacle Stumpwork Embroidery) on: January 16, 2011 05:20:22 PM
I made this for the deelightful Deee in the Embroidery Hoopla Tiny Edition swap.

Stumpwork tentacle patterns are not common, so I designed this one from scratch. It was so much fun to put together. Cheesy

The tentacle is stitched on red silk dupion using a little organza applique, rayon and cotton threads. Split stitch filling, spider web, and colonial knots, wired and padded. It's quite small, the hoop is only 3 inches (or 4? can't recall exactly). I think Dee really likes it, and I certainly enjoyed making it.

I'm plotting what to stitch in 3D next. Your comments are welcome. Smiley
20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Little British robin on: November 06, 2010 02:00:26 PM
I made this little robin for zilamonster in the OWS.

He's adapted from a pattern in Inspirations magazine (I usually do my own patterns, but he was too cute to resist!)

I stitched him on linen, using real silk (soie d'alger, wonderful stuff), and a little fine rayon (Rajmahal) for the legs and beak. Long and short stitch, satin stitch, running stitch and contrast couching. The hoop is 3 inches diameter, so he's quite tiny. The colours are better in real life, but photos don't really do justice to the silk.

I hope you like him Smiley
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