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1  Bristol Embroideries in Needlework: Completed Projects by Jolyon on: November 02, 2013 10:01:51 AM
These are my latest stitches,  both Bristol (UK based).  Painting the background and then embroidering over the top is a new technique for me.  Ive always had a tendency to fill everything in, but this makes the details quite hard to spot.  By painting the background it means I can concentrate on those details and Im really happy with the result. 

The first is this embroidery of an altered pedestrian Crossing on Park Street Bristol

The second is a detail of a particularly fine pub/hotel in Old Market Bristol.  I really liked the carvings on this one and, although Ive had to use a bit of creative license, I am very happy with the result.

Do let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions of how I can improve (bearing in mind Im not the best painter!).
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2  Re: Abundance of Embroidery thread craftalong-2011 Ongoing in Craftalongs by Jolyon on: June 23, 2013 02:25:50 AM
loves2experiment did a cute embroidery and made it into sort of a patch...I like that idea because you can sew it on clothes or other things and then save it when you get tired of the top or purse or whatever...do you have to use stabilizer or anything special to embroider on knit fabrics or other clothing?
That sounds like a great idea.  Its always sad when a customised top wears out and you cant save your work.  I tried embroidering on a t shirt a few years ago (with a fair amount of stretch) and it was a nightmare the stitches just looked really messy so I think stabiliser would be good going forward.  Ive since customised a few western shirts and they have worked fine without it.

Also get stuck in AMIFRIENDS.  Cant wait to see what you are working on.

Heres some of the earrings ive been working on:

They arent the most effective for reducing my embroidery thread stash though!
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3  Re: Abundance of Embroidery thread craftalong-2011 Ongoing in Craftalongs by Jolyon on: June 01, 2013 02:42:46 PM
Oooh bracelets and bookmarks are a really good idea.  Sounds like you've got a good team of helpers too  Smiley Organised thread boxes do look so pretty and are really useful for seeing colour combinations.  I used to work with just bags of skeins and I found it so much harder. Cant wait to see the wrap around bracelet.
Ive been working on a few little projects recently.  I thought after finishing my Bruce Springsteen piece I needed a bit of a rest from the big stuff.  These two Bristol inspired hoops are literally tiny the frames are about 2" in diameter. 

The first is the Everard Building in Bristol and the second is Central hall on old Market.  Ive got a third hoop to finish up (im almost there; just some trees to fill in) of Stokes Croft.
Other than that Ive been making a fair bit of Embroidery based Jewellery.
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4  Bruce Springsteen project. in Needlework: Completed Projects by Jolyon on: April 01, 2013 06:52:16 AM
Hi all,

Some of you might have already seen bits of this on the big stitch along 2012 etc, well Ive finally finished it.  I started in Jan/Feb 2012 with Asbury Park and finished it in early March 2013 (ironically the last one to be finished was asbury Park.)
Basically its my four favourite Springsteen album covers.  I probably would have chosen Tunnel of Love over Born in the USA, but was influenced by the fact Bruce's bum seemed easier to embroider than his face!
Here are the four together

And Ive taken some individual shots as well (sadly only on my camera phone so they arent the best)
Asbury Park:

Born to Run:

Darkness on the Edge of town (probably my favourite)

AND... Born in the USA:

I cheated a bit on this one and used some Chambray for his jeans.  Couldnt quite face blocking all that in.
I am happy that I managed to complete such a large project in a year; as I am famous for getting distracted and never finishing projects.  I would probably not have used the beads on Asbury Park if I made it again.  Likewise I might have been tempted to paint the individual letters rather than embroidering them as I dont feel that I capture enough of the detail.  However, I have framed it up in a very suitable 12" box frame and I am very happy with it over all.  I cant wait to hang it up!

Anyway please let me know what you think and any suggestions you might have.  And of course I hope you like it!
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5  Embroideries of Kent in Needlework: Completed Projects by Jolyon on: October 13, 2012 03:04:02 AM

My latest two makes. Recently I have been working on a few home projects.  Home in this case being the county where I grew up, Kent.  I have been meaning to work on some projects along these lines for atleast the last two years.  You see in Kent we have all sorts of lovely churches, landscapes and unusual buildings.  In my first project, which was possibly quite ambitious I have sought to capture a night scene of the iconic windmill in the heart of my home town.  I borrowed the colour palette from Van Gogh as I wasnt sure how to capture the building in the night.  It was quite a freestyle piece as I only made a very basic sketch to work from.  I also adapted my source image by removing the high buildings on Stone Street as they cut the left hand side off the piece and made that side look too heavy. My second home piece is of the fields looking across to Horsmonden Church and the Oasts there.  Horsmonden church is quite unusual in the fact that it is located some way from the village of Horsmonden.  There are various reasons thrown around for this.  It also happens to be a stereotypical view of Kent I guess because of its prominent oast houses.  I actually really enjoyed creating this piece, again from a brief sketch.  I am very happy with the way the field and foliage have come out and I think the oasthouses are particularly cute.  If an oasthouse can be cute!  My final project is crossing the border into East Sussex (not really very far from me at all) and hopes to capture Rye.  Ill keep you updated!
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6  Re: Abundance of Embroidery thread craftalong-2011 Ongoing in Craftalongs by Jolyon on: July 12, 2012 12:08:07 PM
@SiakelA Wow! So much stitching.  It looks really great.  Great stash bust too.  I have to agree there is nothing more frustrating than knots when you working on something! I have to try hard to keep calm and not yank them through the material (never a good idea). 
@Always in my room - cant wait to see your green projects!
I am just back from holiday so Ill no doubt take a while to get fired up on my projects again (getting used to being back at work and daily rain rather than glorious sun).
I did get this far with Bruce before I went though.

I think this will be my years work (still to complete Greetings from Asbury Park (as shown), Born in the USA and still to start Born to Run and the darkness on the edge of town), obviously with my little projects in between.  It is an absolute beast!

Anyway keep on stitching!  Smiley
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7  Re: Abundance of Embroidery thread craftalong-2011 Ongoing in Craftalongs by Jolyon on: May 27, 2012 01:56:39 PM
Hello all, how is the destashing going?  I have done pretty well; so well that I am almost getting round to needing to buy in new threads.  Obviously the Springsteen project is ticking along in the background (the main consumer of my threads!), but here is one of my latest makes with a bit of terrible photoshopping!

I am working on a couple of letter projects. It was nice to use such bright colours on this one though!
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8  Re: Embroidery Hoopla Round 7 Gallery (Send Out Feb 27) in The Swap Gallery by Jolyon on: April 25, 2012 11:36:47 AM
Well Average_fan and I have been going through a stressful couple of weeks/months thanks to Royal Mail.  She sent me a hoop Royal mail dutifully returned it (very slowly) to sender without doing the all important delivery bit.
However, my swap partner turned out to be a force to be reckoned with because she turned out this delightful hoop for me as a replacement.
It is of Red Riding hood or Rottkappchen, which is my partners favourite German tale.  I like the Brothers Grimm tales a lot.  So this hoop will be very dear to me too.
So on to the stitching

Look at how wonderfully furry the wolf looks and I think the stitches capture his bad intents perfectly.  Meanwhile red riding hood has a beautifully stitched and spangled (beads) cloak.  I absolutely love it and cant wait to get it up on the wall.
Thank you so much Average_fan for this beautiful hoop and for your patience and ability to create another lovely design for me.
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9  Re: Abundance of Embroidery thread craftalong-2011 Ongoing in Craftalongs by Jolyon on: February 20, 2012 04:16:25 AM
Just thought Id post a bit more progress.  I ve had to put this project on the backburner for a bit whilst I start/continue/finish my hoopla swap piece.  Im really happy with how its coming along though.

The test will be all the detail on those letters.
When I return and finish the asbury park I think Ill be heading to the bottom right and doing the second easiest cover 'Born in the USA' Im a long way off that though Wink
I bought the frame for it yesterday so I this definately cant be an indefinate work in progress! Smiley
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10  Re: Abundance of Embroidery thread craftalong-2011 Ongoing in Craftalongs by Jolyon on: February 07, 2012 10:54:39 AM

So this is the progress on my next de-stashing project.  Im trying to use colours I have rather than buying them.  So some of the colour choices are  Embarrassed haha, but at this rate Ill need to buy a bulk lot of embroidery threads in after the summer.  Also after completing and enjoying my heart project I think I no longer hate pink.  This thread has had a very positive impact on me Smiley
 I didnt get a chance to comment before, but I love the silhouette hoop (are you taking part in the hoopla swap too? I really like the inventive use of the backing fabric) and the birds (so sweet, will definately have to look out for the rainbow of stitches book).
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