All 5 geoemtric animal embroidery patterns are now available as a bundle. The patterns are very simple to do and beginner friendly. But what to do with so many patterns? Hanging embroidered pictures on the walls is not for everybody, so embellish the back of a nice shirt, embroider a cloth bag, a sports bag or the old-fashioned cushion cover. There are so many possibilities! Jana shared a beautiful example of how to apply embroidery to everyday objects here, take a look 🙂
I have just released a new pattern in the geometric animals series. It’s the Unicorn + Horse! I can’t believe I have not made a horse earlier, since it’s one of the animals most talked about in this family. So last but not least – the unicorn and horse for all you horselovers out there.
Continueing the geometric animals series, here comes the rabbit – or easter bunny. This one is a really really fast embroidery project. Like the others it’s stitched in running stitch using pearl cotton and then threaded on the outline, nose and eyes.
Here are the rabbit’s geometric pals:
At the beginning of every project there is an idea. Sometimes it cirles around my head a long time before I have a clear vision of it, sometimes I can start right away. The project I’m working on right now is one of those long term ideas. The drawing you see above is from 2013. The day I made this sketch I also painted a large painting from it with acrylic paint – in 4 hours. When you are in the zone you just HAVE to paint – nothing else is of interest. Phases like these are so productive it’s hard to believe later on how you made it in such a short time.
The theme with the mountain and the crystals and the stars never let go of me. The painting is sitting on the sideboard the living room so I see it all the time. It’s one of those paintings that stand for a certain period of my life. This is now.
It’s not a surprise, that I had the urge to implement this picture in my textile passion, too. So I started with a felt underground and white thread to outline the greater picture – it’s difficult to transfer motifs to thick dark felt so I stitched without transfering.
When the outlines where done I realized, this is not going to work the way I wanted it to look like. Sometimes things look different in your head than in the finished object. So why continue if it’s not even in the right position – and too small the size?
The scissors made their entrance and removed the unloved stitches spreading over the felt. Don’t fear starting over. Life is too short to make stuff you don’t like while you are doing them!
After some reconsideration I changed the concept and cut out felt triangles randomly. Like a puzzle! First I glued them slightly on the felt, then appliquéd with matching threads (1strand of 6stranded embroidery thread – sewing thread works well, too).
Now we are going somewhere! I love the colors and it’s so easy to sew on felt patches. Now I’m off to beginning the mountain and stars section. We’ll see how it will turn out.
Sewing along with the Keep Calm and Craft On folks.
Whenever I feel a little bit stuck with my work (the I-don’t-know-where-to-start-so-I-look-at-it-from-every-angle-everytime-of-the-day-and-wonder-what-to-do-first kind of stuck) I get back into the saddle easier by starting something new. Something that was lingering in my mind for months. I have to admit, that I was scared off by this geometric animal thing. I don’t know why, but some nasty voice in my heard always told me I wasn’t good enough at drawing to pull that kind of thing off. After reading a nice essay yesterday, I decided to take the (actually small) leap and give it a try. I absolutely love the look of animals looking straight in your eyes, so that was settled and the lion as a motif was sort of a courage thing, if you know what I mean 😉
There are some color combinations which I’m very fond of one of which is teal and pink and the other one is yellow and pink. Combined to teal-pink-yellow thie sweet little cross stitch comes out. Compared with the other 3 pieces in this series it is so cheery and round. No need to say I like it a lot!