I'm doing some sketches for new embroidery pieces and had fun doodling these different shapes of feathers. Next step is stitching a mini sampler table cloth on brown linen (about 40x40cm/ 15.5x15.5inch). Working with thick linen is always a big delight for me. The grip and coolness to the hand makes it a lovely alternative to cotton. I'm using my favorite vintage perle cotton in autumn colours in backstitch.
From me to you - a free embroidery pattern. Stitch up the lines in backstitch and work the hearts in satin and/or rhodes stitch. (I worked the large hearts in heart shaped rhodes stitch and the small ones in satin stitch)
since I wrote my last post. That's because it's been summer! Finally we got some sunny periods lasting longer than 3 days and it was way too good to stay inside and sit at the computer. Time hasn't stood still though and from mid-august till now I worked on many different projects. I had to hold my fingers not writing about some of them and some will still be revealed some time from now.
1. I did a pattern for my christmas stockings I sold last year. It's 6 in one pattern and available at Etsy, Dawanda, Ravelry and Craftsy. 2. I designed a pair of shorts for children's knitwear magazine Petite Purls called Ahoy Shorts (not available anymore since the magazine shut down. But you can find the pattern via......
I've done a lot of stitching recently. The first thing I finished was a tree from a drawing my friend gave me for that purpose. I actually wanted to do the outlines only but then my needle just wouldn't stop. After filling some twigs it looked weird not having stitched the stem and the orb. This way an one-evening-project became a three evening project by accident. Stupid fingers never want to do what my head is telling them to do...
In letzter Zeit habe ich viel gestickt. Die erste beendete Sache war ein Baum, dessen Skizze mir eine Freundin für diesen Zweck überlassen hatte. Eigentlich wollte ich nur die Umrisslinien machen, allerdings wollte meine Nadel nicht so wie ich und hat nicht aufgehört. Nachdem ich ein paar Zweige und Äste ausgefüllt hatte, sahen der Stamm und die Kugel so merkwürdig leer daneben aus. Und ZACK wurde aus einem 1-Abend-Projekt ein 3-Abende-Projekt.......
It's done! Back last year in December I asked Katrin from katiwo (she has the cutest jewelry EVER!) if she would like to draw a set of animals for me to convert into an embroidery pattern. She said yes and I began stitching the animals as soon as I got them. And then... there were so many other things to do, that drew my attention so the held a little slumber on my to.do-shelf right up above my desk. Yes, I have a to do shelf and it's at exact that place because I like the self-torture of looking at unfinished project everytime I look above my monitor.
After finishing the stag bug, which I started first, of course, some weeks ago today I decided to actually make the pattern and digitalisation. After all, I had the photos, the text, the pattern sheet, just had to......
A while ago I saw how Lupin wound her embroidery threads on cardboard bobbins. I did a lot of embroidery lately so my embroidery thread box got a little bit tangled up and well MESSY. Then I remembered the beautiful colours neatly composed in a box and I thought - why not?
So I cut up A LOT of cardboard laying around and wound up all the threads I was using. Et voilà here is the result:
Vor einer Weile sah ich wie Lupin ihre Stickfäden auf kleine Kärtchen gewickelt hat. Da ich in letzter Zeit viel gestickt habe, sah war meine Stickgarnkiste ein einziger Saustall. Man kennt das ja, man zieht am Faden und dann verrutscht das in der Banderole, dann bleibt da Farbe Nr. 2 hängen und so geht das weiter. Dann fielen mir die sauber aufgewickelten Kärtchen wieder ein und ich dachte mir - warum......
Der "du machst doch Handarbeiten, oder?"-Effekt hat mir eine Riesenladung Stickgarn von einer Freundin gebracht.
The "don't you do needleworks?"- effect got me lots of embroidery floss in lots of colours from a friend.
My favorite herringbone stitch variations
neue Sticharten ausprobieren aus meinem Stickbuch, das genauso alt ist wie ich ;)
testing stitches from a book the same age as I am ;)