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Parks and Recreation Inspired Embroidery

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I am so sad that Parks and Recreation is coming to an end, it is always so funny, and I love so many of the characters/actors. In this last season the company Gryzzl has a saying that goes
“Wouldn’t it be tight if everyone was chill to each other?”

IMG_1498After we watched the episode where you first see this Bryan suggested I do an embroidery of it, naturally I did it immediately.

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I wanted it to resemble an old style crewel, or something you’d see hanging in your grandma’s house. I liked the idea of the contrasting style to the saying.

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This piece hangs in a 10″ hoop, and is up for sale in the shop!

Be chill!

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Abstract Necklace in Mini Hoop

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Doughnut Embroidery

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My second piece to share this week is another piece of food…a doughnut. Because who doesn’t love doughnuts?

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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.

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This piece is also up for sale in the shop.

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Moon Phases Embroidery

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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).

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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.

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Everyone enjoy the upcoming new moon!

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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Embroidery (Night Man)

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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:
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I embroidered pretty much the exact illustration:
DSCN4775I did it on grey linen fabric, and bleached out the middle to make it a little bit lighter in color.

DSCN4773 DSCN4778 All of the outline is done in black embroidery floss using a back stitch, and the rest is done with a fill stitch givin’ it some texture.

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So, who is your favorite character from It’s Always Sunny?

ps. This piece is for sale! It may be the perfect finishing touch your It’s Always Sunny premier party.
pps. Don’t forget to enter the Shel Silverstein Embroidery giveaway!!

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Skull Embroidery With Yarn

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Remember the Magic piece I shared earlier this week? Today’s piece is done in the same style, with the same yarn.

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The yarn ended up looking pretty awesome in the filled in spots.
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I am happy that the yarn made the skull look feminine, as most skull things are usually aimed towards the guys.

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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!

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Magic Embroidery With Yarn

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Back in May I picked up some handmade yarn that my co-worker’s wife makes (you can check out her etsy shop here), and I’ve been trying to decide what to make with it ever since. I ended up making a couple of simple pieces with it to test out how it looks using it in embroidery.

DSCN4110 I decided on the word ‘Magic,’ the colors in the yarn seemed kinda psychedelic so I thought it would fit. Since I’ve been hooked on altering the fabric with paint I used gold acrylic on this piece.

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For the embroidery I did a double layer of backstitch to give it a little more weight. A single stitch looked kind of lost on the piece.

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I love stitching with yarn, I just always seem to forget this. The wool gives a lot more texture to the pieces, and I’m into that!

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Hank Hill Commission Embroidery

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It’s not a secret that I love King of the Hill. One of my co-workers asked me to make this piece for him, and I was more than happy to oblige. I’ve already made three other King of the Hill pieces (1, 2, 3), and really all I needed was an excuse to make another one.
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He is, of course, daydreaming of propane in the embroidery. Because of the propane tank I decided to have him wearing his Strickland work shirt, which I used a blue fabric for. I used the same fabric to wrap the hoop.
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Cartoon characters, and pop culture references in general, are some of my favorite things to embroider. Keep them coming, guys!

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Beard Crewel Embroidery

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One of my favorite things a man can have is a beard, I’m a total sucker for a good beard. If you have seen my boyfriend this will come as no surprise to you, though. It was just a matter of time before I did an embroidery to pay tribute to his pretty great facial hair.

The Inspiration: 
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The Embroidery:
DSCN3640Bryan has blondish hair, but his beard is a little bit more red. Once upon a time he tried to bleach it for the hell of it…it was a total disaster.
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You can see more photos in the shop, where this piece is up for sale!

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Cruiser Bicycle Crewel Embroidery

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One of the new pieces I made for the re//STATE event this past weekend was a cruiser bicycle in a vintage oval frame. I’ve made a cruiser bike in the past, and was feelin’ the itch to sew up another one.

DSCN3587 The frame I used for this piece matches the frame I had my most recent Michigan piece in as well.

DSCN3589I was really happy with this piece- the vintage style bike fit well with the vintage and rustic feel of the frame. DSCN3591

I finished the piece just in time for all of the bikers to come out of hiding for the summer, now I just need to get my bike fixed so I can join them!

You can see more photos in the shop where this piece is up for sale.

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