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31  Under the Sea hoop in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: August 13, 2011 02:02:45 PM
I've been wanting to do some sort of mermaid stitching for aaaages and have finally gotten around to making one Cheesy
Working for Disney this naturally took on a bit of a "Little Mermaid" theme, gotta love Ariel!  The mermaid is a sublime stitching pattern, but the rest of the sea creatures and waves are from Aimee Ray's awesome Doodle Stitching book's!! I am totally in love with her books at the moment!!  The scrolly seaweed was freehand stitched by myself.  Mostly stitched in two strands of thread.  I have used mainly back stitch, with some satin stitch.  After all the stitching was done I thought it lacked a bit of colour so crayon tinted some sections to brighten it up a bit. I added sequins to the mermaids tail and also the waves as I cannot resist a bit of sparkle!!  I've wrapped some blue ribbon around the outer hoop to hide the horrible baby pink colour!!! More info and pics on my blog: http://embroideryemporium.blogspot.com/2011/08/under-sea.html    Here's some pics -

Thanks for looking, V x
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32  Lady Gaga inspired hoop. in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: August 09, 2011 09:14:50 AM
So after seeing all the awesome hoops that get posted on this forum, I decided that I most definitely have to start my own hoopla wall, and I must say I'm bit addicted to making them already Cheesy

As I totally love Lady GaGa at the moment, I decided that I hadtohave some Gaga themed craftiness in my life, so a Gaga inspired hoop it was!! After watching some videos of her on tv shows singing "Hair" I wanted to use those lyrics on the hoop.  "I just wanna be myself and I want you to know, I am my hair."It's made from felt with some added sequins for a bit of sparkle.  All stitched freehand from my head, no pattern.  Took about 3-4 hours to make Smiley  Not totally happy with the hair but didn't want to go to over the top, pretty happy with how it turned out overall though. Hopefully you can all tell it was supposed to be Lady Gaga!!  I have more ramblings about it on my blog - http://embroideryemporium.blogspot.com/2011/08/lady-gaga-inspired-hoop.html        Here be some pictures -

Looking forward to it going up on the wall Cheesy  Thanks for reading, V x
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33  Graduation Gifts in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: July 26, 2011 05:28:02 AM
My friend graduated recently and I had to make her some cross stitch goodies to say congratulations.

I sort of made the patterns up as I went along by combining different images together, and then added a border.  I drew the words out freehand on graph paper before stitching them on.  Done on 16 count cream aida.  Blue is the University's colour, and the colour of the graduation robes, so tried to combine that aspect as well.

This is the card I made.  Again I did combined different aspects of graduation patterns I had.  I crayon tinted the hat and certificates to add a bit more colour to the card.  I was going to write "Congratulations" at the top, but I foolishly stitched the outside grey box first (I usually *always* do this last lol) and congratulations wouldn't fit.  So "YAAAY" it was instead.  I spent most of the weekend before her graduation working on these.  Drawing out the patterns took up the most time.  Posting some more info & pics on my blog - http://embroideryemporium.blogspot.com/2011/07/regency-reticule-other-graduation-gifts.html 

Thanks for looking, V.
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34  Regency Reticule in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: July 26, 2011 05:20:32 AM
My close friend recently graduating from University. I asked her if there was anything she would like as a gift for her graduation and we decided on a reticule for her to use with her regency/18th century outfits.  

The bag is made from pure silk, lined with linen, and all the stitching is done in silk embroidery thread.  I found the floral pattern online, and drew it lightly onto the silk with pencil.  I stitched her inital into the centre using mostly satin stitch.  First time I've used satin stitch, so could be neater.  I attached a blue silk tassle to the bottom, and some blue silk ribbon  for the wrist straps.  Here's some pictures -

the embroidery only took an evening to draw up and complete the stitching, so went a lot quicker than I expected.  Lots of unpicking occured whilst trying to stitch the whole thing together!!

There are more pics and info here - http://embroideryemporium.blogspot.com/2011/07/regency-reticule-other-graduation-gifts.html.
Thanks for looking. V
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35  Bess of Hardwick Redwork in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: July 11, 2011 06:33:06 AM
A slight colour change from my usual blackwork to do a pattern that I have been eyeing up for ages.  It is taken from a portrait of Bess of Hardwick, who is shown wearing a garment covered in the redwork design.  I decided on just replicating it as a collar, but the whole garment is on my list of 'things I want to make but doubt I'll have the time'.  I'd been meaning to do this pattern for ages, and I recently read a biography on Bess of Hardwick which inspired me to get it done.  She really was a pretty fascinating woman.  Anywaaaay, it's stitched on linen with one strand of red silk thread.  I started it up on my authentic frame for using at an event, where I got veryyy little actual sewing done, and then finished off at home using my little hoop instead.  It's finished length is 18 inches.

And the portrait that it is based on -

V x
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36  Tudor Rose Project in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: July 11, 2011 05:59:44 AM
About a week and a half before a recent Henry VIII event I took part in, I received a phone call with a desperate plea for 8 Tudor Roses to go on the Yeoman of the Guard Livery jackets.  So right in the middle of moving house, working, repairing previous damage to my costume, and trying to make as much blackwork as possible I was mad enough to say yes!  Bath has several material shops, and I have to say, each time I visit them I find them highly disappointing in what the offer, and the prices are pretty mental.  In the end I had some material sent to me by a friend, but this didn't arrive until the Monday, with 6 of the roses needing to be finished by the Saturday morning.  The most time consuming part was cutting out all of the material!!  Due to the time constraint we decided to make the roses out of wool, and applique them onto felt.  I added some embroidery to the leaves and roses with silk, and also couched some gold thread the centre.  Lots of sewing to place during the 6/7 hour drive across the country to the event, and by the Saturday morning 6 were finished.  (I thankfully had another week to finish the last 2!!)  These were pretty fun to make even though it was all a bit rushed.  Anyway, here's some pics -
(Put it in here and not the costume section as I didn't make the actual costume, just the needleworked roses Smiley )

Surrounded by roses!!

And here it is on the livery -

(Livery made by Prior Attire, and not my work)

Thanks for looking, V x

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37  More Blackwork! in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: July 04, 2011 12:04:32 PM
As ever, I seem to find myself constantly blackwork - ing away.  Here are a few of my recent stitchings Smiley

Artichoke collar -

Pattern was from the Blackwork Archives.  Stitched on linen with 1 strand of silk embroidery thread.

Mrs. Pemberton Cuffs -

These cuffs are based on those in a portrait of Mrs. Pemberton -

Also stitched on linen with one strand of silk thread.  I found the pattern here - http://katrowberd.elizabethangeek.com/articles/blackwork/pemberton.mhtml


I was making a good start on this lovely pansy blackwork pattern.  It was intended to be a collar, but then I took it with me in my sewing bag to an event, and it frustratingly ended up getting stained with some red dye from a very wet carpet Sad  after this disaster I thought, oh I'll unpick the last flower and turn it into a cuff, and just make another matching one.  Whilst attempting to unpick it the linen decided to rip, leaving a lovely hole, thus rendering it pretty much useless for the intended purpose.  Seems a shame to have to waste it so hoping to attempt a repair job and attach it to a posher recorder case for myself maybe.  Will most definitely be purchasing a waterproof sewing bag to take with me when spending my weekend in a field.

V x
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38  Re: Blackwork Cuffs in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: July 04, 2011 11:49:44 AM
So these cuffs were finally finished off and made their first outing at a Tudor Queen event at Blickling Hall.  This was an awesome event, with Henry VIII, all 6 Queens and a little Prince Edward present Smiley

My lovely friend, and owner of  said cuffs finished them off and made them look more cuff like. Here's a shot of them in action Smiley

Really pleased with how they eventually turned out.
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39  Henry VIII Garter in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: June 04, 2011 04:40:09 AM

Earlier this year I was asked whether I would be able to make a reproduction garter, similar to the one worn by Henry VIII.  The garter was born by members of the Order of the Garter, and traditionally stitched on blue velvet using gold thread and couching techniques.  You can read more about the Order of the Garter here- http://www.heraldicsculptor.com/Garters.html

Initially I was quite nervous about this commission.  I had never done any goldwork before, although had read many books on the technique and frequently admired examples of it.  

I started by re-drawing out the letters - "honi soit qui mal y pense" and then got to work with stitching the letter outline onto the velvet.  This was worked in a single strand of silk thread.  This was from the Silk Mill, and for those interested the shade was Vintage Gold 4085.  This thread was also used as a passing thread to secure the bullion.

This was stitched through two layers of velvet that had been lined with linen.  Once the letters were on the couching began.  I found it useful to attach the start of the thread to the material with a pin, so I could keep my hands free to hold the material and attach the bullion thread securely with the passing thread.  the thread used for the couching was a Bright Bullion No. 2 from Berlin Embroidery - http://www.berlinembroidery.com/bullions.htm#wirebullion.  This was really nice thread to work with, and easy to manoveur into the shapes needed for the letters.  

I initially stitched to quote with 'male' but whipped off the 'e' due to a lack of references, so 'mal' it was!

The letters took just over a day to couch down, and after this is started work on couching the border.  This went pretty quickly once it was started and the garter embroidery seemed to be finished in no time at all.

In total I think I was working on it for about 5 days.  Enamelled Tudor roses have also been attached between each of the words.  It still needs a buckle attaching, and the excess material cut off so it can be stitched into the correct size for the garter and then it will be totally complete!! I should probably have waited until that was done until Iposted, but I was very excited about sharing this project.  I will upload a pic of the totally finished garter when it is done Smiley  It should be making it's first outing at Blickling Hall over 17th/18th of June.  

Working away!!  -

Overall, this has been a very enjoyable project, and I thoroughly enjoyed my first *proper* go at goldwork!! I am now hoping to maybe attend some courses in Goldwork in order to improve my confidence and technique with this fantastic form of embroidery.

Thank you for reading, V x
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40  Blackwork Needlebook in Needlework: Completed Projects by oceansoul on: June 02, 2011 05:04:00 PM
My usual needlebook is made from some awesome furry zebra print material, with a minipop Motley Crue cross stitch on the front.  As I attending several Tudor events this summer doing blackwork displays, this needlework wasn't really all that appropriate lol.  So a good excuse to make a new one Cheesy  I found this pattern online and loved the tudor rose in it.  It's stitched on linen, with one strand of silk thread, and some additional 2% gold spangles.  Only took a couple of hours to stitch up.  Oh, and it's made from some left over black wool I had from making some sleeves.  I put a little pocket in the back of it in which to keep my little snips Smiley  Here's a pic -

Thanks for looking, V x
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