Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Mostly mushrooms

I finally finished this embroidery piece. The pattern is from doe-c-doe, a nice looking forest scene featuring mushrooms.

This was a little time consuming, because of all the filling. I think it might need something else, maybe more shading. But I'm an impatient crafter, always looking to start a new project, so I declare this one finished.

Wow, the red does not photograph well. Don't look at it too long or you might go blind ;-)

I guess now I can go and work on my cardigan. I finished the lower part of the body and 2/3 of the first sleeve. I only have two and a half skeins left. The panicky feeling known as "I'm going to run out of yarn" is slowly but surely setting in.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Bird, part 2

OK, I did manage to find the time to sew my embroidery birds into zippered pouches. It only took me about three hours for both pouches, with no ripping at all. A new one for me. So that's what happens when you sew carefully?
Now if only I could make myself to make a pattern and measure and cut everything in advance, instead of cutting away fabric as I see fit. Every time I sew something, I end up throwing half of the fabric away.

First pouch - brown-greyish linen combined with brown felt, lined with a pale blue fabric that has some brownish flowers on it. The back is just plain linen, no details there.

For the pale blue bird, all pale blue. I think this fabric is meant for bed sheets, it's a tightly woven cotton and a real pain to iron. The same stuff is on the back.

Friday, March 6, 2009


Since all my post lately seem to alternate knitting-embroidery-knitting-embroidery, why mess with the pattern?

Here are two birds and a fine example how not to do embroidery. Both patterns are from the Sublime Stitching Craft Pad.
The pale blue thread I used for the first bird is barely noticeable on the gray linen. Really, anything other than perfect weather and daylight and you hardly know it's there.

The brown one - way better. Both of these are going to be embroidery pouches (what else?). And they need to become embroidery pouches by Monday. That means I have two days to get off my lazy ass, pull out my extremely heavy Bagat sewing machine and sew something that I can give my friend for her birthday.