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31  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Discworld Guild of Seamstresses Needlebook on: March 24, 2009 01:16:51 PM
I love it! I adore Pratchett and only last week reread the one where Sonky got dipped into his own rubber vats and making a real Sonky sonky.

Very creative and so appropriate... and now I'm thinking that I need a needlebook upgrade..
32  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: flaming heart stumpwork on: March 24, 2009 03:41:38 AM

I'm self taught. I used Jane Nicholas's books primarily (which are admitedly somewhat difficult to work out because the project layout it a bit weird) and did a few smaller things out of Inspirations magazine. A couple of years ago I did some short (30min) stumpwork courses at the Stitches & Craft Show in London, but by then I'd already been doing it a while.
33  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: A question- Not for Eloise24's eyes!! on: March 23, 2009 05:40:13 AM
another possibility is to stitch the ribbon to a backing fabric (along the edges of the ribbon, and to some basic ready-to-waste fabric). Hoop it then cut out the backing fabric which lies under the ribbon (can be tough, you might have to loosen the tension and then re-tension it afterwards). This should keep tension flat across the entire ribbon and make it easier to stitch on.
34  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: flaming heart stumpwork on: March 23, 2009 03:07:06 AM
well jumping outta the shadows and killing people IS eas... wait a minute, am I giving away too much here? Wink

Seriously, though, it IS. It's just embroidery, not rocket science. They're basic stitches and everyone here can do them. It's nothing to be intimidated by, and I'd LOVE to see more people trying it out!
35  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Dr. Horrible cross stitch/blackwork - The Hammer on: March 23, 2009 02:08:08 AM
Hah! Dr Horrible's Stitch-Along Blog - very nice!
36  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: flaming heart stumpwork on: March 22, 2009 03:56:42 PM
Stumpwork is an old English technique, popular in the 17th Century (I think, I should go and check on that, but it's about right). It has a lot of 3D stuff, which are built on either felt padding or wired elements. Generally stumpwork designs are flowers, animals or people.

This heart is a bit of mutated stumpwork, I haven't stuck with the "traditional" stitches or methods everywhere (I'm sure someone somewhere will get upset with me for that!  Wink ). Its all done in normal floss (DMC/Anchor) and the purple flames are made on wire. You do these separately and then add them in when they're already finished. It's actually really easy - there is only four seperate stitches: blanket stitch for the large blue flames; satin stitch for the solid blue flames, cross stitch for the heart and the purple flames are in needlelace (which is pretty much a detached buttonhole stitch).
37  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Harold and the Purple Crayon on: March 22, 2009 03:17:50 PM
Very, very cool!
38  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Blackwork Bee Sampler on: March 22, 2009 12:54:58 PM
I love blackwork as well! That is some truly gorgeous work and wonderful design!
39  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: flaming heart stumpwork on: March 22, 2009 12:10:58 PM
Gosh, thanks everyone!

I didn't expect such an enthusiastic (and rapid) response. It's got me all motivated to sit down and keep stitching on the next one (where some annoying metal threads have been driving me batty).

40  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / flaming heart stumpwork on: March 22, 2009 09:47:10 AM
It's been a while since I've been seen around here, so I thought I'd dive back in with one of my more recent embroideries. I'm in a big stumpwork mode at the moment and am doing some which are inspired by classic tattoos. This is the first, a flaming heart:

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