You can see more of this moon inspired piece in the shop.
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Lately I’ve been really getting into doing mini embroideries, and Sonia over at Dandelyne on Etsy makes the perfect little hoops for these! I’m obsessed.
For this piece I wanted to do something abstract, where I could focus mostly on the color and texture. Texture is my favorite part of embroidery and crewel.
Initially I was going to do an ombre effect in the hoop, but then it just kind of morphed into this. But I love it. You can read more about this piece in the shop, where it is for sale.
This one is also in a 3″ hoop painted black, on the same white linen as the pizza slice. For this piece I filled it in completely using a split stitch and seed stitch.
This piece is also up for sale in the shop.
A couple of weeks ago after the new moon I felt inspired to make a phases of the moon embroidery. Once I finished I decided that it would absolutely not be the last one that I do. Next time it might just be smaller, this one is in a 8 inch hoop, and it takes forever to do satin stitch (the fill).
This one didn’t turn out quite as good as I would have hoped… because circles are hard. I’m trying not to focus on that though, because over my few years of embroidering I’ve learned that imperfections are okay and natural. They play into the charm of handmade. I’m also finally coming to terms with the fact that it is unhealthy to compare yourself to others in whatever it is that you do. Everyone has a different take on things, and that’s what makes things interesting and beautiful.
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!
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!
Yesterday I finished one of my favorite embroideries that I’ve done as of late. It is a dreamcatcher! I wanted to try a different take on something that is usually done in a very traditional manner. This is the second dreamcatcher I’ve done, you can check out the first one I made here.
I have a serious love for embroidering feathers in the fashion you see here.
I used a brown ombre embroidery floss for the center, so each line is a slightly different color.
You can check out more photos in the shop!
First and foremost, just a reminder for everyone before I share today’s piece…today is the last day to enter the Shel Silverstein Embroidery Giveaway! Make sure you get your entry in by midnight- remember all you have to do is leave a comment (and be sure to check back Friday to see if you won!).
Okay, back on subject! Today’s piece is inspired by my serious love for exploring new places and the outdoors.
It’s a pretty simple piece, but I think sometimes simpler is better. It’s really easy to over think a piece.
The fabric used is a pretty heavy one, almost like a denim. The purple and blue triangles, which were inspired by mountains, were done on the sewing machine. Explore is done using a back stitch using green yarn. The embroidery hoop for this one is my favorite kind to use- a wood grain flexi-hoop. I only can find them at garage sales, thrift shops, or online from overseas. Such a bummer, but the rarity of me finding them makes it a little bit more exciting when I actually get to use one.
If you’d like to see more, you can check out the piece in the shop!
I think at this point it is no secret that I’m a fan of embroidering any sort of pop culture reference. One of my favorite shows (with one of the funniest casts!), It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, returns in September for the 9th season, so naturally I had to give them a nod. The embroidery focus on my favorite character, Charlie, and his song Night Man.
Charlie is pretty much illiterate, and he wrote out the lyrics as follows:
I embroidered pretty much the exact illustration:
I did it on grey linen fabric, and bleached out the middle to make it a little bit lighter in color.
So, who is your favorite character from It’s Always Sunny?
Remember the Magic piece I shared earlier this week? Today’s piece is done in the same style, with the same yarn.
I think this piece and the magic piece make a pretty good pair!
This is all I have for the week, I’m off for the weekend on our second annual camping trip to Nordhouse Dunes. See you all Monday!