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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Bristol Embroideries on: November 21, 2013 10:54:46 PM
Its the palace hotel on old market street. If you head down old market street from the templeway underpass roundabout (heading away from town) it is on the left hand side just by the junction for lawford street. Its got an impressive amount of carvings and decorations on it!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Bristol Embroideries on: November 19, 2013 12:45:57 PM
Congratulations! This has been chosen as a Featured Project!  Smiley
Wow thanks very much guys Smiley Smiley Smiley Made my day
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Little pocket - silk thread and wool on linen on: November 11, 2013 11:39:10 AM
Very pretty.  I love all the textures.
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Bristol Embroideries on: November 08, 2013 04:07:49 PM
Thanks for all the kind comments. :-) much appreciated
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Bristol Embroideries 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!).
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Abundance of Embroidery thread craftalong-2011 Ongoing 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!
7  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: More seaside scenes on: June 23, 2013 02:16:39 AM
These are lovely; the detail is incredible too.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Abundance of Embroidery thread craftalong-2011 Ongoing 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.
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Bruce Springsteen project. on: April 22, 2013 01:40:34 PM
Thanks so much for your kind comments guys. Means a lot  :-)
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Bruce Springsteen project. 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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