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11  Embroidered Artwork in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: May 16, 2012 10:29:04 AM
I was recently commissioned by an artist to add embroidery to some of her silk prints.  She told me what colours she would like and gave me images of the sort of stitching she wanted used and the rest was up to me!  It was a really exciting project to do, and something I had never done before.  I was sent three different prints which were all done on silk.  The embroidery was then also stitched in silk as well.  For anyone interested all the silks were from the Silk Mill - www.thesilkmill.com, I am totally in love with all their awesome shades of silk!!

Here's some pics -

Print #1:

This one was definitely my favourite of the bunch.

Print #2:

Print #3:

And the set:

For the stitching I have used - stem stitch, back stitch, long and short stitch, satin stitch and french knots, and it has been stitched in mostly two strands of silk.

They took the best part of three weeks to stitch up, whilst trying to move house, so it was all a bit mental!! But I had so much fun doing them.  Really looking forward to seeing how the artist (Emma Blacklock) finishes them off now Smiley

Thanks for looking, V x

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12  Viking Embroidery in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: April 26, 2012 01:41:00 PM
So the end is nearly in sight for my viking garb, yippee!!  I still have some embroidery to finish but here is the finished embroidery for my woolen hood.  I love these endless knot patterns.
It's stitched on linen with silk embroidery thread, and then appliqued onto the woolen hood which is also lined with linen.  I think I'm just a bit in love with the gold silk I've used on this.

(It's now got all the visible seams stitched all the way around)

Shiny silk is shiny.

Oh how I love pretty Viking things Cheesy
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13  Negative Space / Christina Perri Themed Hoop in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: March 20, 2012 03:13:46 PM
After seeing all the awesome negative space themed hoops some of the awesome craftster's on here came up with I was inspired to make a similar themed one for my hoopla wall.

This one is based on Christina Perri's awesome and beautiful song The Lonely - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HO4e4nCYBEo .  I am totally obsessed with her album at the moment and I thought some of the lyrics fitted the negative space them quite well.

Its stitched on cotton and framed in an 8 inch hoop which has been wrapped in ribbon.

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14  Embroidered Jorvik Hood in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: March 09, 2012 11:07:23 AM
So, at the moment I am currently putting together all the pieces for a Viking costume for an event in May.  (Costume isn't finished yet so thought I'd post some of the embroidery here, until I get around to doing a big post for the whole outfit Smiley )

This was pretty easy to put together and is made entirely for linen and all hand stitched.  The embroidery is done using silk embroidery thread.  I think I worked my way through two 6.5 metres skeins of gold thread on this one.  The embroidery is 24 inches long, and is based on the acanthus vine pattern.  I love how shiny the silk is!

And on -


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15  Skyrim Inspired Hoop in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: February 17, 2012 01:36:06 PM
My partner has been seriously addicted to Skyrim since it was released.  Skyrim widow right here!!  I therefore have watched many, many hours of the game being played and found all the arrow in the knee comments highly amusing.  After spending most of an afternoon repeatedly stabbing myself in the thumb he came out the quote on this hoop -

The skull at the top is from Urban Threads.

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16  Opeth Logo Cross Stitch in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: February 05, 2012 02:28:04 PM
I have been on a bit of a stitching mission lately, and have finally finished my WIP of nearly 2 years!!  I made the pattern for the Opeth logo as I thought it would be a brilliant Christmas present for my partner, he just had to wait a while to get it!!  It's stitched on 16 count black aida with two strands of thread.  This was one of those pieces that kept getting put aside for commissions and other projects and inevitably forgotten about.  I am so pleased it is finally finished and almost ready to be hung on the wall Smiley

[Opeth, for those that haven't heard of them are a metal band who have what I think is a totally awesome logo - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opeth]

Close up.

And framed.  It still needs a good iron, but as my house is currently full of coal dust didn't want to risk getting the ironing board out, so is waiting safe in the frame till I can frame it up properly Smiley

V x
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17  Baa, Baa, French Knot Sheep in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: February 04, 2012 02:19:54 PM
So after seeing all the awesome french knot hoops on here recently I thought it was about time I got over my phobia of them and learnt how to use them.  I've pretty much avoided ever using them in my sewing, supplementing them for beads.  As such I have been putting off doing one of the big charts I have to stitch so I didn't have to use them!

Anyway, I saw this pattern in one of the recent issues of Crossstitcher magazine and thought I would finally give french knots ago.  When I got into the 'zone' of stitching them I found them surprisingly easy and quick to stitch up.

V x
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18  Re: Catherine of Aragon Blackwork [new pics] in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: February 04, 2012 05:28:03 AM
Thanks everyone Smiley 

@ Wulf - it was one totally mental week I can tell you that!

What is this "the Blackwork Archives" you speak of?

It's an awesome website with loads of brilliant blackwork patterns.  Heres the link for you - http://blackworkarchives.com/  Definitely worth checking out Smiley

Just received this!  Here's a pic of the finished embroidery with the complete outift!

(The outfit was made by Prior Attire and is not my work)
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19  Catherine of Aragon Blackwork [updated] in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: January 29, 2012 03:39:56 PM
Just before Christmas I was commissioned to make set of blackwork cuffs, collar and partlet embroidery for a Catherine of Aragon outfit.  Being the queen it was made for we decided on a pomegrante blackwork pattern (from the Blackwork Archives) for the cuffs and collar.   It is all made from linen and stitched with silk embroidery thread.

The cuffs are 33cm long and took about 3 weeks to stitch.

(They were made up into cuffs by the lady who commissioned them)

And the collar -

I stitched the collar and the blackwork for the partllet in a week!!  

Was a lot of frantic stitching but definitely worth it as I love how it all came out Smiley  V x
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20  Kindle Cover in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: January 29, 2012 05:30:29 AM
I have been totally in love with my new Kindle since I received it on Christmas day.  Most of my good books were still residing at my parents house, not with me, so it had been a while since I had done lots of reading.  Now I find it hard to put the Kindle down!! Anyway, I'd been looking for a case for it for a while and after realising quite how expensive they seemed to be online thought the best option was of course to make one Cheesy

I found the awesome 'book stack' pattern on Urban Threads, and the 'I love books' pattern on the back was one that turned up on a google search and I thought was pretty appropriate!  The embroidered patches are made from cotton and linen.  The tiiiiiiiiny satin stitch on the book stack pattern was an absolute pain, but so pleased with how it turned out.  The cover itself is made from an outer of blacky/navy felt and lined with red felt.  It is all blanket stitched together and has 3 press studs to close the flap and keep my Kindle safe and cosy.

Here's some pics -



[Showing the lining]

Thanks for looking, V x
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