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« on: September 04, 2009 10:58:14 AM »

I hesitate to even post here, because you craftsters are all geniuses in your needlework!  You amaze me, and so I continue to lurk.  But anyway, I recently made a big, sturdy grocery tote for a swap, and embroidered the pocket on it.  The embroidery probably took me about 6 (?) hours to do.... it's hard to say how long, really, because I worked on it off and on for a few evenings.

A pin up cashier! Smiley
I used mostly split stitches -- for the outlines, hair, text (mostly 3 strands).  The dress details are back stitched (1 strand), and the apple was a first attempt at a fill stitch.  The shoes are a (sad) satin stitch.  The embroidery is stitched on some reclaimed cotton fabric -- from a shirt, I think.  Smiley

I'm fairly new to "real" embroidery, so there are lots of mistakes.  In this tote, I learned that I needed to go way darker on the skin tone than I would have thought, and looking at the pics (which are a bit washed out) that I could have gone a few shades darker still.   I also learned that fill stitches and satin stitches are very difficult for me.  WHY are those so hard???

I made the tote (and its pattern) myself, and flat-lined it with fleece for extra sturdiness.  The lining is some hand-dyed cotton.

But I'm guessing I'll learn more with each piece, and since I find embroidery very relaxing, I guess I'll continue to do more!

Thanks for looking!  C/C always welcome.
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« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2009 11:04:26 AM »

I don't know why you would hesitate to post, it looks great to me.  Did you make up the pattern yourself?

I would love to do a swap!

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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2009 11:08:34 AM »

Great job! I really like the dress and the texture you added to it. Her hair looks really neat too! I find faces really hard to do and I think yours looks really good.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2009 11:11:58 AM »

Aww -- thank you so much!  Smiley  I had read (on here) that faces are hard, so I was really nervous about trying it.  I did draw the pattern myself.

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« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2009 11:18:29 AM »

that looks like genius needlework to me!  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2009 11:41:54 AM »

I think it is really great!  I think the embroidery is really nice and the design is super cute!

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« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2009 12:38:25 PM »

She is one hot cashier, and that is one super swanky grocery tote!  Great job, and please keep stitching!

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« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2009 12:41:23 PM »

That is really adorable!

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« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2009 01:09:53 PM »

Love this, you did a great job. Your stitches are beautiful!

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« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2009 01:29:34 PM »

This tote is terrific!  I consider myself a well seasoned embroiderer and I hate fill-in and satin stitches.  Your stitching is great and I can't tell at all that you are just a beginner!

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