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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Still working on the background!
Should have this embroidery finished soon!
Who is she?
*The necklace is to hang down not up! I didn't notice it when I took the picture.
Working on backgrounds below!
One is velvet.
The other is felt.


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Making progress! I have decided that she is going to be a Medieval Princess/Queen?  This is so that I can add to my collection of other Medieval inspired work.  I have now completed her hair using bullion knots, satin stitch french knots and woven wheels.  I had stitched her directly onto the background I intended to use but it slightly puckered.  So I cut her off it and stitched it under. 
This made me question my chosen background and so now I am contemplating other choices.  You can see that I have randomly placed her down on a few fabrics. 
However I think that I may create my own background to give a more textured look.  I am also thinking of changing the dress. 
She looks unfinished at the moment as she needs a few jewels, maybe a crown if she becomes a Queen. 

The last picture above shows a a textured background.  I am thinking of going down this track with some fabric paper and maybe colouring it dark perhaps into the black and golds with a velvet dress.
More choices and decision's to make!


Sunday, September 9, 2012


I would be fair to say I like to have a few things on the go!  I switch back and forth and then have a season once a year or so when a lot of thing get finished.

While I was in Ashburton on the stitching weekend mentioned in my last post,  I purchased a few fabrics to start a new quilt.  The light one is for a background.

The face below is one I am experimenting with.  I used pelmet vilene cut into an oval shape which I then covered with a light batik fabric.  I then got out some oil paints and painted on the face.  Now I have to decide where and how I am going to use her.  I am thinking of stamping  a fabric background to apply her to.  Then I will clothe embroider some hair (which she desperately needs) to bring her to life.  Her ears will not be very visible and she needs some curls or something down the side of her face where you can see I have pricked her with a pin.  It left a noticeable hole in the oil paint! I had thought to attach her to my Sue Spargo tree, but she didn't want to go there!

Maybe she needs a hat?
What colour hair?
Which era is she from?
She is a lot of fun to make!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Friday, September 7, 2012

Sue Spargo

About two weekends ago I got to attend the Sue Spargo (an international tutor) Class held in Ashburton.  It was really enjoyable just to sit back and relax and totally indulge in stitching.  I learnt some new stitches which were excellent.  Bullion knots are now a new friend, where once I  used to avoid them, they are now going like a dream - thanks to the new needle Sue gave us.  My tree looked quite a lot different to the others as I did not purchase the kit that was available so had to get a tree design.  I am happy with my tree - it is taking on a paisley look I am thinking!  You can see where I am headed although there is loads of work still to do as all the leaves need stitching on them.  I have done plenty of bullion knots around the edges.  I hope to finish it so will keep updating my progress here.  It was lovely to meet people and get to know them a little over the two days. On reflection the highlight was seeing Sues wonderful work.  She is certainly a prolific stitcher.  Check out her web-site and blog.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Here is a photo of a finished album from
Marilyn Attewell.  She really enjoyed making it and is buzzing with ideas to make another one! The quiltiing looks really nice on the navy background.  Great stuff!