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I think this is the image I have of my teenage self. My nose is smaller – but it’s really hard to get a fine nose over the fold in a journal. My lips are thinner too…but it’s really hard to work fine lips with thick pastels. Ahh…excuses, excuses. I’m really enjoying playing with my pastels. Gorgeous colours. Of course I don’t look anything like this now! (or do I?)
Please note that I do not have a big dark moley thing on my nose in real life – it’s just the hole where the book is bound. Neither do I have flowers sprouting from my head. But I used to wear them in my hair. I also have teeth and a tongue in my mouth – not just a gaping black hole – though I do think my mouth opened in suprise at the world around me.
I’ve also been doing some work on my fairy images. I like these designs better than the first. The square one is done in linen thread so it’s a little bit knobbly. I think I prefer the straight cotton for line drawings in embroidery, at least when the drawings are small. They are about the size of a 50 cent piece.
I like their golden wings. I also like that they’re talking to the flowers. My Mum always believed that plants grew better if you talked to them.
I am! One of my favourite blogs, Contemporary Embroidery, recently had a giveaway. I entered and won. I was so suprised and delighted. I really love Karen’s work and aesthetic. It is fresh and …well…contemporary. Thank you so much for your lovely gifts, Karen.
Here they are:
Gorgeous puffs! In purple and green! Two of my favourite colours. They also happen to be two of my sister’s favourite colours – she has chosen them as theme colours for her wedding. I may have to keep these lovelies out of sight or they may be snaffled up.
A beautiful, delicate brooch. I love it. The picture can’t quite capture all the textural elements of this piece. It’s really beautiful. I have a very classic black and white dress that I think this will really go with. The brooch rests on two business size cards with images of some of Karen’s other work.
I am tickled pink. It was wonderful to find such beauty in the post today.
From the sublime to the ridiculous, as they say…here’s some of my stuff.
I had a think today about why I haven’t kept up with the Take a Stitch Tuesday. Not that I was ever really “on task” or on time with it. But why did I stop where I did? I think I may have been spooked by how poorly a couple of pieces turned out and consequently have taken a step back…or in my case, a running jump.
Today I revisited the challenge. I had to look up what stitch I was up to. It was Bullion Stitch. This is one of my favourite stitches – when it turns out. It is also one of my least favourite stitches, especially, as I have discovered today, when using linen thread. Linen thread just won’t pull through all those wraps smoothly. Having said that, I’m quite pleased with the end result. I did a whip stitch over an outline of small bullion stitches placed end to end. I really like how the whiped stitch pulled the bullions , making them more like little coils.
I used some of the printed fabric that Elizabeth of Quiter Moments sent me. I’m trying to become more comfortable with integrating a pre existing design into my work.
I’ve also been doing some spinning and have finished one bobbin full of blue merino and sari silk. I’ve just started another bobbin and then I’ll two ply it, like the green one.
I have been in a fey mood recently. Salihan recently came over and I helped her start a redwork piece. We had a really fun day and I think she’s going great guns with her embroidery. I’d never done a redwork piece myself so, inspired by Salihan, I decided to try a tiny one.
Can you see the fairy sitting on the toadstool? I would like to try to redesign this a little so that there’s less fuss around where the fairy is. It might be clearer then. I would spend more time on the fairy’s face too…it looks like she has a really big nose!