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21  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Thomas Kinkade Cross Stitch on: November 22, 2011 08:33:19 AM
My Mum's favourite painter is Thomas Kinkade - http://www.thomaskinkade.com/magi/servlet/com.asucon.ebiz.home.web.tk.HomeServlet .  His artwork is amazing!! Really need to get my hands on some of his Disney cross stitch kits which are beautiful!  I have been promising my Mum for years that I would make her a Kinkade cross stitch and have finally gotten around to it.  I found the kit online, and is called 'Evening Glow'.  It was one of the pre-printed canvas ones that you embellish.  It has a mixture of cross stitch, half stitch and back stitch in either one or two strands to create a multi dimensional feel.  There is also a lot of sparkly blending filament in it - although the sparklyness did not come through that well in the pictures.  Was quite good fun to stitch up and am looking forward to giving it her Smiley

22  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Tinkerbell Mini Cushion on: November 22, 2011 08:10:41 AM
I made this mini cushion for a friend in work whose Grand-daughter loves Tinkerbell.  I found the pattern on ebay aaaaages ago and totally loved it, and was waiting for a reason to stitch it up.  I made up a pattern for the 'R', her name is Ruby.  Stitched on 14 count aida, mounted on felt and blanket stitched together.  Roughly, I think it took about 5 days to put together.  As I cannot the leave the back of things alone, I freehand stitched her name and added some sequins.

23  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Blackwork Set on: October 29, 2011 03:46:09 AM
Back in May I was commissioned by a friend to make her some blackwork for her Tudor costume, which meant making four cuffs and two collars, as I was making them for her partner as well.  We spent ages trying to find a pattern, and usual, the answer was found on the Blackwork Archives.  I finally finished stitching them late last night, and am off to hand them over this afternoon!! Nothing like a bit of last minute frantic stitching!  This was the end result -

They are stitched on linen fabric with silk embroidery thread.  I think I got through 3 skeins of silk during this project!  The linen was an absolute pain to work with.  Was incredibly fine, and therefore had incredibly tiny holes which were frustrating to count!!  I sort of lost count of the time it took after reaching the 100 hours mark, and there is just under 60 inches of blackwork in total Smiley

Here's a couple of close up shots -

V x
24  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Belle Embroidered Card on: October 03, 2011 03:43:51 PM

I made this card for my lovely friend who has just left the shop to go to Uni.  We started at Disney at the same time and I was really sad when she said she was leaving, so a card had to be made.  I know she loves Beauty & the Beast so found a colouring page of Belle online.  Traced onto a pillow and stitched around the outline.  I personally much prefer Belle's initial blue dress in the film over her yellow ball gown so was an easy choice to make.  After the stitching I crayon tinted most of the design for more colour.  I didn't really feel like stitching all the many roses that were in the design, so instead bought some ribbon roses and just stitched them on, and that's what I came up with Smiley  Oh, and I stitched the finished design onto some felt so it was a bit sturdier and easy to stick to the card!  (Sorry pics quite small, can't make it bigger for some reason.  There is a bigger one on my blog Smiley )   Thanks for looking, V.
25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / New Hoop Collection - Disney, Chakra, Pagan on: August 21, 2011 06:33:02 PM
So I've been on a bit of a hoop making mission the past few days.  Made 5 over two days, so lots of stitching Cheesy
Here's what I came up with -

I loooove the Disney film Emperors New Groove.  Kuzco is just too funny!! So stitched this hoop up using a colouring page I found online.  Crayon tinted in Kuzco for some more colour and added one of my favourite quotes.

I loved this Chakra diagram on Urban Threads.  Black outline is done using back stitch and chakras are shaded in using satin stitch.

Another Urban threads pattern I loved.  Outline is stitched in split stitch.  First time I've tried using this one so could be neater.    All done in 2 strands of thread.  Added some crayon tinting around the edges of the hoop for more colour.

Wanted a green man pattern to go with my goddess one.  This one is from Aimee Ray's awesome doodle stitching book which I love.  Also done in two strands of thread with some extra crayon tinting.

I was in a pretty bad mood the other day, so instead of feeling miserable I decided to try and 'stitch out' my negativity, and that's what I came up with.  It's stitched on 14 count white aida, with lots of bits of leftover thread.  I used this font generator for the text - http://www.stitchpoint.com/eng/tool/alph/cross-stitch-writing-tool.php
I have more info on my blog - http://embroideryemporium.blogspot.com/2011/08/hoop-extravaganza.html

Thanks for reading, V x
26  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Under the Sea hoop 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
27  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Lady Gaga inspired hoop. 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
28  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Graduation Gifts 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.
29  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Regency Reticule 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
30  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Bess of Hardwick Redwork 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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