I’m really excited that tomorrow I will be hosting my first ever Instasale! What’s an instasale, you ask? I will be posting photos of various items and their prices up on instagram and the first person to comment with their email address will be the one who wins the purchase. No worries though, because if you see something that is already purchased that you’d like I can always take custom orders! I’m trying to make room to store new pieces- I’m running out of space!
Just a note: once the sale starts Too Crewel’s etsy shop will be closed for the evening.
Tuesday, Feb. 11th, 2014.
Follow @toocrewel on Instagram to participate!
Hope to see you there!
Filed under Embroidery, Etsy
Like I said earlier this week, embroidering human anatomy is one of my favorite things to embroider. My most recent human anatomy piece is this little ribcage.
I splattered some gold paint on the piece to give it a little bit of sparkle.
I used varying sizes of embroidery floss. I used six strands for the bones in the foreground, and three strands for the bones in the background.
Check out more of this piece in the shop!
Filed under Embroidery, Etsy
Last year Bryan drew this alien sci-fi inspired deer:
Bryan is a big ole’ sci-fi fan, so most of his illustrations have some sort of influence from that. I thought this deer was pretty awesome when I saw it, so I had to embroider it.
I decided to do the embroidery as a simple outline, and then Bryan and I bleached it. We did a couple different phases of bleaching to give it some layers and dimension.
You can see more photos of this piece in the etsy shop!
When I was embroidering this heart patch I wasn’t even thinking that Valentines Day was just around the corner. How’s that for timing?
Some of my favorite pieces to embroider are anatomical ones. I’m not really sure what it is, but I think there is something interesting about the different parts, shapes, and lines that make up a human body. I had been wanting to do an anatomical heart for a long time, and I had this red ombre floss that I thought would be perfect for it.
I did a back layer on this to make it so it wasn’t so flimsy, and hand stitched all the way around to make it so it wouldn’t fray once it get sewed onto whatever it is that it will end up on.
It’s become a tradition in the past couple of years for me to buy Bryan patches for his winter jacket for Christmas, but for some reason I never really thought to make some myself. Now that I did- I’m hooked.
This heart patch is up for sale in the shop!
Filed under Embroidery, Etsy
Recently I knew I wanted to do an embroidery in the oval hoop. I didn’t know what, I just knew I wanted to it be oblong and it to be text. So I said ‘whatever’ and thought okay, well I’ll just embroider that. Then ta-da, this is what I came up with.
I used three different colors of floss, ranging from purpleish to pinkish. I painted the hoop gold, and called it good! You can see more photos of it in the shop!
Over the summer I picked up this cotton horse fabric from a garage sale, and until recently I really struggled trying to decide what I was going to do with it. I really liked the fabric as is, so I didn’t want to do too much to it. I’m not really that much of a ‘horse person’ (although I did go riding in the mountains of Colorado once and that was awesome!), but I am a unicorn person. That’s right, I love unicorns. I even have a homemade tattoo to prove it… thanks to my drunken teenage self (I do not recommend this). Moving on, though…
I painted the hoop brown, and embroidered the three horns using teal, rusty red, and peach. I kept it pretty simple, but again I didn’t feel like too much more needed to be done.
You can see more photos of these majestic creatures in the shop!
Happy New Year, everyone! That’s right, I still do exist. It was a busy holiday season, but now I’m back with a resolution to devote more time to my blog and exploring different forms of embroidery. For now though I have my favorite commission from this holiday season to share! I had one awesome mom ask me to embroider her children’s illustrations onto pillows for them. I instantly fell in love with this project and idea.
I wanted to keep these illustrations as true to the child’s vision as I could, so I transferred the drawing right onto the fabric with transfer paper.
These were seriously fun to embroider. I love to see what children draw and the little sayings they come up with–one of my favorite things to do is color with my nieces, so this was 100% up my alley. I’m finishing up a few more for family members right now, too!
From now through December 5th nearly everything in Too Crewel’s Etsy shop will be 35% off to prepare for the Holiday season! This sale includes everything but custom pieces. If you see something that catches your eye while looking for your holiday gifts just enter in the code HOLIDAY35 at checkout to get the discount.
Don’t forget the giveaway to win mini embroidery hoops from The Creative Muster is still going on! Enter here.
All week I have been sharing my pieces in my new tiny embroidery hoops, and today I’m sharing a giveaway! The Creative Muster has kindly given me one pack of three one inch embroidery hoops to giveaway to one of you! Yay!
Interested? Here is what you could win!
1. Follow Too Crewel’s Blog (1 Entry)
2. Comment on this post, and make sure you let me know how to contact you if you win! (Mandatory Entry)
3. Like Too Crewel on Facebook (1 Entry)
4. Follow Too Crewel on Twitter (1 Entry)
5. Follow Too Crewel on Instagram (1 Entry)
6. Favorite Too Crewel on Etsy (1 Entry)
7. Favorite The Creative Muster on Etsy (1 Entry)
8. Tweet this giveaway (including @toocrewel in the tweet) (1 Entry)
That is a total of 8 way to enter to win! Just make sure you leave a separate comment for each entry you do on this post- otherwise they won’t count!
Giveaway ends on Friday, November 22nd!
This last piece I made (so far!) using my little hoops for The Creative Muster. This one is a 2″ hoop turned into a brooch. I decided to keep it a little abstract. I think it will go well on some winter coats to add a little color to what is otherwise a pretty colorless season.
This one is done on rust colored fabric using mustard yellow, lime green, and blue embroidery floss. I made this one as a part of a gift, hopefully they like it!
I just re-ordered a second round of these mini hoops, what would you guys like to see embroidered in them next? Remember- it can only be about an inch big!
Remember to check back tomorrow for the giveaway!