Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Easter decorations for Louise and my Girls.

One of the groups I'm in kindly passed on this link This is a wonderful resource for wool artists.  Whilst visiting I found a solution to my Easter gift/decoration for my friend Louise, not only that but it was so cute I had to make two.  The original is by The Adventures of Bluegirlsxo.

Here are my versions.

 I thought the bunnies might like some chocolate carrots. 
This is the egg for Louise using a floral trim from Sue Spargo.  Rick rac stitched down with variegated DMC Pearl and then french knot flower buds in Petite Velvet.  The bobble trim is again from Sue.
Several weeks ago I won a scrap bag of threads from Krenik, if you ever see these at a show I recommend getting one.  The stems use threads from this bag.  Leaves are done an Needle Necessities floss with a bit of Krenik in the center of the Bullion leaves.

The pink flowers are punched out wool scraps.  The orange/pink buds are stitched with Sea Grass which is one of my favorite threads.
Normally I have real trouble with faces but these just knew that chocolate was involved so worked with the first attempt.  The eyes are bullions done in Krenik to give a little twinkle to these carrot loving bunnies.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Orange for my Fiona

Yes I knit as well, here is my lastest piece that I made to go with a maxi dress of Fiona's for this summer.  This is a Rowan pattern, I think I was drawn to the bottom rib.  I will think about using this again in the future instead of a standard rib.


Thursday, April 7, 2011

April - Festival Flower

I think festival is very apt for this one.  She is now fully embellished.  I have added to my collection of embroidery books and many of the ideas for this piece are from it, the right-handed embroiderer's companion by Yvette Stanton.  I resisted this book for several months by not viewing it however when I picked it up at my local store it sang a siren song and I fell under it's power.

 I particularly enjoyed doing the stem using double pekinese stitch.

I am getting to the stage of thinking that when my 3 year old starts Kindergarten I may enjoy teaching this type of thing both on wool applique and also other bases.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Naked Flower

I thought I would post one of my flowers before it is embellished.  This time I decided to try my hand at using reverse applique with wool.  So far the results are good, however I wish I'd be more daring and used a busier cotton fabric should as a Kaffe.

You may be able to see five slits in the center I intend to stitch these back to reveal some of the black.

April Stitch of the Month (SOM)

Well this one took a bit more doing, after several attempts of following the chart which for some reason had an uneven grid I ended up working it out myself.

Really pleased that I choose the black canvas with the amount that is left showing.

I can also begin to see how the colours are going to be balanced across this piece.