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« on: March 25, 2008 07:20:34 PM »

I work at a public library and we host an "Arts Go" day each year in April.  One of my coworkers organizes a "staff theme" to put on display along with local art pieces.  Last year we all did ATCs.  This year she gave each of us a playing card and we are to create "art" with it - no other rules involved!

As a separate project, I've been working on a series of 8x8 embroidered canvases to hang on my kitchen wall.  Heck, why not combine the two?

Here's what I came up with:

This is my first original design - I love creating things, but I'm just not very artistic!  I like how it turned out, but I was definitely influenced by Aimee Ray's book, Doodle-Stitching

A slightly closer view:

You can see that the tail on the card-bird isn't exactly lined up - I had to wash and press the piece before attaching the card.  That was more difficult than I thought!  Also, my satin stitch "circles" are pretty awful.  They might be a little busy up there, and I think I have a special talent for lopsided circles.  Oh well - the next one will be even better!

Here's a picture of my wall so far. 

The other cute designs are direct copies of Doodle-Stitching designs, and the Spoon guy I posted about here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=229998.msg2501800#msg2501800.

Thanks for looking!  I can always take tips from more experienced embroiderers!

« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2008 07:26:56 PM »

I like it. Your card stitching goes along perfect with the doodle-stitching set.

Very cool.


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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2008 02:46:46 AM »

Clever use of the card!  They all look great together.

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« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2008 07:34:42 AM »

Yeah, I really like how you incorporated the card it looks so good next to the other lil' birds. It looks like your wall is coming along great. You should post the others. I don't think I have seen the one on the right I would love a close up. Thanks. And can't wait to see what you put up there next.
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2008 11:11:20 AM »

I think I have a special talent for lopsided circles.  Oh well - the next one will be even better!

You're not the only one with a special talent for lopsided circles. At least your satin stitch looks good! I can't satin stich to save my life!

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