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A Beginning of…

15 May
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something new.

First ever go at stumpwork. Rose designed by me.

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Print Ideas

13 May

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Lime-green & aqua

I took a couple pics of my Japanese Maple and then had a fiddle with the photos to come out with * intense * colours.

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Orange & shocking pink

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Bright apple-blossom ——- wouldn’t this look beautiful embroided? ūüôā

Needle-Roll

12 May
sewing_roll_may09_end02…that I made over the weekend. Hand stitched with tiny buttons added for spotty decoration. Made from a sleeve of a child’s top.

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Now I finally have somewhere to keep – and find! – my needles ūüėČ

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Inspiration

9 May

Sewing / crafting ideas from a shopping spree today ——-

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Cute fun embroided flowers

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Sophisticated in grey ——- two roses from ribbon

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White swirls ——- Could this type of embroidery be stumpwork?

check_fabric_roseAdorable ragged checked rose (hairclip).

I’m so excited…

8 May

I’ve just joined a fun contemporary embroidery group ——- http://handembroidery.ning.com/——- Hand Embroidery Network is run by Sarah Louise Whittle and is currently running an online embroidery exhibition——- even for beginners like me! ūüėõ

Visit Hand Embroidery Network

A Crazy Moment

6 May

Monday Bank Holiday (a national holiday in the UK) I had in mind to create a small pin cushion to take with me for “travelling projects” but * somehow * ended up with this funny looking creature…strangesnail01strangesnail02strangesnail03

A Beginner’s Guide to: Stumpwork

5 May

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My lovely new book about learning stumpwork, a technique of raised embroidery dating back to the 15th century¬†–http://www.kaydennis.co.uk/Beginners.html

I can’t wait to try out the intriguing “spider’s web stitch”.

Here’s a free online stumpwork project from Kay Dennis – http://www.embroiderersguild.org.uk/stitch/projects/summer/index.html

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More interesting stumpwork links
http://medieval.webcon.net.au/technique_opus_anglicanum.html        http://medieval.webcon.net.au/loc_england.html                                                http://www.thesealedknot.org.uk/knowbase/docs/0104_StumpWork.htm  http://www.needleworksamplers.com/Simply_Samplers/sampler_showcase.shtml  http://www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/default.asp?Document=200.23      http://www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/default.asp?document=200.23.001.04#content