Saturday, 14 July 2012

Hoopla




I've been a little excited about embroidering stuff at the moment.  The stitches coming together make me feel all pleased inside.  I can do it neatly, even around my medication shakes.  It is perfect for in front of the tv, no pattern to remember (or rather, forget) when I get too distracted by whatever show I'm watching or the conversation I'm having with MR.  It doesn't feel like it's taking too long either.  And I really like that it has been turning out the way I picture it in my head.  Admittedly that is because I'm just tracing around or filling in something already on a piece of fabric but that's beside the point.  I'm loving it quite a bit.



This is the second in my clock series.  I'm actually quite seriously thinking of setting up shop and selling these.  I already have one lovely blog reader interested in one.  This one is for my best friend who recently got engaged.  She gave me Pip's first book for Christmas a while ago and we were flicking through it and she said how much she loved this clock, which is where the idea first came from.  It was pictured in the same ink and spindle birch trees fabric that I'm using and when I went online to order it to make the clock I spotted the wrens fabric and the embroidery idea just popped into my head.  So then I thought about what I might be able to embroider onto this one for my friend.  I've almost finished outlining one tree now and then I'm going to toy with a turning the bird into a little red robin and perhaps a few autumn leaves hanging onto a branch or two...



This second piece is for a red work swap I'm in.  My partner loves cats and so it was an easy decision with what design to go with!  I haven't done any red work before and I hadn't used so many different stitches either.  I've used back stitch on the basket, stem stitch on the kitten, daisy stitch on the flowers, reverse double chain stitch on the ball of wool and satin stitch on the nose and the knitting needle ends.  Of those stitches I'd only done back stitch and satin stitch before, the rest are all new to me.  Yes, I'm a major embroidery beginner!



Next on the list is to finish off my sashiko piece and then back to the clocks! I need to find some more lovely hand printed fabric two or three colour fabric to use... anyone have some designer suggestions for me?


Linking in with Things I'm Loving...

9 comments:

2paw said...

Oh wow, what fabulous embroidery and no-one would ever think you a novice. That red kitty is so cute and then tree clock?? So clever. I think you could sell some too.

Meghan at MNM's said...

So lovely to have you join in with Things I'm Loving. Your embroidery is gorgeous, can't wait to see it finished! :-)

carolyn said...

You're a natural with the embroidery thread. It's really quite difficult to get such lovely stitches. x

Michelle said...

That tree fabric is awesome I love how your adding the wool to the edges it really makes it pop. Perfect cool weather to get crafty isnt it :)

Sally said...

Loving all your stitchery. Stunning. Love the ink and spindle ... but there is always a really special places in my soul for red work. It just warms me up all over. There is something so authentic and simple about it.

Baa-Me Kniits said...

Beautiful Megan, I think you have found your niche. I recently saw the most divine embroidery on a iphone case and I'm wracking my brain to think who it was. It was a girl on a swing and she has an etsy shop...have you seen it?

sarah said...

You are so neat! I like your points about being able to embroider in front of the TV and while talking... hmm inspiring stuff. Now I am thinking about what I can embroider?!

Amanda said...

You are so good at embroidery Megan and have definitely inspired me to try a bit myself. I think you should definitely sell those clocks!!

Monika Kinner Whalen, Fibre / Embroidery Artist said...

Oh THAT is gorgeous!