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Topic: My First Gift Hoopla - Sea Turtle  (Read 2152 times)
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« on: September 08, 2011 02:37:22 PM »

Hi there! Here's a turtle embroidery I did for a swap recently. Technically this was my first completed hoop but my second to start, and the first that I was making for someone else - meaning the pressure was on for it to come out right!

The person I made it for asked for sea life, and I found out she really likes turtles. I decided to go with a baby leatherback, since they're so darn cute and I wanted to try out some new stitches with their cool shell pattern. This is from a pattern I drew using lots og google image search.

For lack of a better background, I wound up water-coloring a chunk of tee shirt fabric, which came out great except I stupidly hung it on something to dry that rested against the back of the fabric and left that funky line. Oh well.
I also used this as a first try for crayon tinting, and I'm not sure I like how it worked. I thought it would melt and blend more, but I nearly burned the fabric to get this. Hmm.

I chain stitched the white on the shell, and back stitched over it to get that pattern. The rest is all back-stitched except for the bit of stem stitch on the flippers and a handful of french knots on his face. Oh, and the satin stitching  on his eye.
I decided to leave the back mostly unfinished (largely due to time - I only had about a week to put this guy together)

Thanks for looking! C&C welcome!

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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2011 03:33:22 PM »

Your turtle is beautiful. I love the back stitch over the top of the chain stitch, it gives a lovely effect. And your choice of blue on blue just give a clear ocean feel.

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« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2011 03:58:20 PM »

I agree, your turtle is beautiful! And what a lucky recipient! I LOVE turtles, especially sea turtles! <3

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« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2011 04:12:21 PM »

This is a beautiful design! It really looks like the turtle is swimming through a sun lit ocean. I love how you colored the t-shirt. It's great!!

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« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2011 05:08:44 PM »

I love this turtle!  Fantastic work. Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2011 03:42:36 PM »

It's so wonderful. You did a great job.

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« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2011 07:23:09 PM »

Lovely, lovely piece! Keep up the stitching!

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