Hello Monday

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Well, I missed last Monday’s ‘update on last week’s crafting’ because I was away, so sorry about that. I was away making things, but I was making things out of food, so it was a bit different.

Homity Pie
Homity Pie anyone?

But one thing that happened while I was away, was that the second of my large wall hangings successfully traversed the Channel to arrive with its new owners in Belgium. More details on the ‘making of’ later, but for now… The Summer Tree:

Summer tree wall hanging

It doesn’t really have a big crease on one side, that’s just the way the wind caught it. I’m pretty pleased with how this turned out 🙂

Hello Monday

Whenever I finish a sewing project, I always have lots of end bits of embroidery threads left over. Because I’m a complete magpie and unable to throw anything away, I hoard these in my ‘sewing kit’ (an old first aid kit box – always gets a few raised eyebrows when I’m stitching in public!), and use them up on my practice samplers. This is my current sampler, I’m all about filling stitches this time round.

Sampler

And here’s a close-up of what I tried out this weekend – the fine and delicate art of picking any colour and doing lots of straight stitches in a marked space. Really tricky. Not.

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This doesn’t seem to have reduced the volume of my thread stash in any way, but I’ll keep working on it!

Hello Monday

This week’s offering – I discovered free motion stitching on my sewing machine! Working out your second-hand machine by yourself is fun (read: vexing), but with a little bit of YouTube, it’s amazing what you can learn.

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My next project is to find out what all the other bits that came with the machine do. Life is a constant learning curve, y’all.

Embroidery commission – Buffy-tastic!

This piece is about 50cm square. A quote from Anya, to Xander, rendered in pretty autumnal colours and delicate Victoriana styling. Because of course it is. Please get in touch if you’d like to commission a stitching – I can do free embroidery, cross stitch samplers, quotes or pictures or anything you like really.

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It’s laid against the back of my sofa (one day I’ll have a studio, filled with indirect sunlight and inspirational artworks, and I’ll put pictures of it on Instagram looking all tidy, and make everyone bitter), so it looks wonky, but it does actually have straight sides!

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This is stitched on fairly thin cotton, because it was the only thing I could find in the right colour.  Next time, I’ll take more time and invest in good calico, as the heavier embroidery has caused slight puckering in places. I want my work to be perfect!

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Embroidery! I take commissions now

Irises in stem and seed stitch
Irises in stem and seed stitch

I was recently commissioned to make an embroidered wall hanging – the mission, once I chose to accept it, was “a smallish wall-hanging embroidered with suffragette theme/colours/design and the words “We Were There” (a song by Sandra Kerr, for whom this embroidery was to be a gift)”. So, after further thought, and discussion with the commissioner (customer?), it ended up like this:

Ready for hanging
Ready for hanging

It is approximately 35cm high, and I’m putting it here in the hope that somebody will see and and say “Hey, *I* would like a customised embroidery too!” – and if that is so, please do get in touch!  I will always send sketches first, and won’t start any work until you’re are 100% happy with the design.

And because it’s a great one, here’s the song that inspired it:

Exploring embroidery

Oh dear,long time no postee, my bad. But I have been doing lots of stitching!  I finished that tree, whaddya think?  I think it looks a bit bare, but I’m not sure what to add – any ideas? Oh, and what did I learn? I learned that next time, I’ll start in the middle and work outwards. D’oh! But hey, that’s the whole point of learning.

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I’ve also been expanding my embroidery education to try out different filling stitches. I can do outlines, but I’ve never really done any solid fillings other than satin stitch (perfection of which remains elusive). So, here’s where I got to:

Leaves - stitching and colour-blending
Leaves – stitching and colour-blending

Lots of fun. What are you learning? How’s it going?