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11  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Negative Space / Christina Perri Themed Hoop 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.

12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered Jorvik Hood 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 -


13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Skyrim Inspired Hoop 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.

14  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Opeth Logo Cross Stitch 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
15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Baa, Baa, French Knot Sheep 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
16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Catherine of Aragon Blackwork [updated] 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
17  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Kindle Cover 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
18  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Tangled Hoop on: January 10, 2012 01:59:47 PM
I have totally loved Tangled since the first trailers appeared, and have now watched the film soooooo many times!!  I just had to make something Tangled themed.  I loved the sun symbol they use throughout the film, and I got the inspiration for this hoop from the symbol she has on the piece of purple fabric.  Using this image - http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ynNQHLwyv28/TZKOCjrP4SI/AAAAAAAABHg/J99ebxIEras/s1600/TangledFlag.jpg I cut out the shapes of the rays that I needed and pinned then onto some *very* purple satin material.  (The photo doesn't quite do the lovely colour it is justice!!)  I then stitched down all the felt, and couched some gold russian braid in the centre to make it a bit more sparkly and interesting.  I wrapped the outside of the hoop in some purple ribbon also.  Makes a nice colourful addition to my ever growing hoopla wall Smiley

V x
19  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Geisha Cross Stitch on: December 14, 2011 03:23:02 PM
I wanted to make something for my neighbour for Christmas, and as she lots of artwork up in her house was quite easy to find inspiration.  She had several geisha pictures and her son lives in Japan so thought it would be a good choice.  I found the pattern in Joan Elliott's Ultimate Collection magazine, which is awesome.  So many beautiful patterns that I need to find the time to stitch.  Started this in September, and finished it a couple of days ago after getting incredibly frustrated with all the backstitch and metallic thread.  I caved and ended up giving it to her yesterday as I couldn't wait any longer lol.  Is now hanging up in her living room Cheesy  One of my favourite ever pieces I think, was great fun to stitch up and so many awesome colours!

20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered Hankies [pic heavy] on: December 14, 2011 01:16:36 PM
I wanted to make my Nan something nice for Christmas, and also something that she could use.  She always has a hankie on her so thought she may like some new embroidered ones.  All the patterns I have used are from Aimee Ray's brilliant Doodle Stitching Motifs book which I absolutely love Smiley  I embroidered 7 hankies in total.  I made them over two evenings.

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