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« on: December 21, 2010 03:32:40 PM »

Hidy ho, needlework neighbors! Just put the finishing touches on my first ever embroidery project, which began life as an upcycling/sewing project. I'd love love love to learn more about embroidery and hone my technique, so please constructively criticize to your crafty heart's content.

A little bumbly bee buzzing around between branches! These are part of a honey-themed Christmas gift for my wonderful little sister.

And now the full enchilada! The idea for the branches came from the adorable and inspiring Wooly Embroidery. The mittens themselves are made of boiled wool cut from a Goodwill sweater, then soaked in lanolin to make them water resistant.

The branches are a stem stitch, then the bobbly endy things are a variety including satin stitches, long & short stitches, and my sad, sorry attempt at a twisted chain... Let's just call it an organic look, right?  Grin

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« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2010 06:08:37 PM »

They seem ideal for a cold autumn night. I love your bumblebee, and I bet your sister is gonna love them!
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« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2010 06:52:23 PM »

Oh these are darling!!!

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« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2010 07:15:59 PM »

Wow, those a gorgeous! I'd be super excited to get something like those, and that's great work for a first embroidery. Definitely keep at it!  Smiley


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« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2010 09:18:03 PM »

Thanks very much for the words of encouragement. They're all wrapped up now, so fingers crossed they suit her!
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« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2010 02:56:00 PM »

Oh my goodness! Could those be any cuter? Love them!

« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2010 01:58:47 PM »

These are lovely!!!


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« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2010 09:09:45 AM »

These are most adorable.   Cheesy  Great work!

« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2010 08:31:46 AM »

Cool gift.  I love the design and the way the colors pop on the wool.

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