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11  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: My first embroidered FO on: November 10, 2012 12:37:42 AM
Thats lovely!  Smiley
12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Embroideries of Kent on: October 15, 2012 10:36:29 AM
Thanks very much Smiley.  Oasthouses are great.  A friend of the family lives in one, converted it when living in Oasthouses wasnt the normal use for them and so Ive always loved them. Gloucestershire/Worcestershire/Herefordshire border is beautiful place to be too.  I live in the South West these day and I love the countryside round there.
13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroideries of Kent 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!
14  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Marge Simpson Portrait - Punchneedle Embroidery et cetera (links to PICTURES!) on: August 15, 2012 09:45:54 AM
This is great! You have captured her wonderfully.  I love the touch of the beaded necklace.
15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Vasily Kandinsky's "Joyous Ascent" 1923 (PIC HEAVY!) on: August 07, 2012 11:22:17 AM
This is so lovely.  You completed it so swiftly too.  Beautiful!
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Abundance of Embroidery thread craftalong-2011 Ongoing on: July 18, 2012 11:44:03 AM
I know what you mean sometimes large projects can be very difficult to pick up again, just because you cannot see the end.

Ive taken a little stitching break today and have been concentrating on organising my threads again (after several projects they have become slightly chaotic)
When I started this craftalong I had my little box and three full bags of thread.  Today I can safely say I have reduced it down to the box and one half bag of threads.  Hurray! Alas though still the majority of my embroidery box is taken up with pink and purple.  So I might be creating another heart hoop before the year is out.
How are everyone else's stashes getting along?  Any milestones met?

I can also proudly say that I have not bought a skein of thread since January!

Keep on stitching!
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Abundance of Embroidery thread craftalong-2011 Ongoing 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
18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Abundance of Embroidery thread craftalong-2011 Ongoing on: May 29, 2012 10:09:32 AM
Oooh I love the sesame street hoop!  The kit one is very clever too; especially how the text overlaps.  I like them a lot.
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Abundance of Embroidery thread craftalong-2011 Ongoing 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!
20  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Embroidery Hoopla Round 7 Gallery (Send Out Feb 27) 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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