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Apples

20160801_174748.jpgFor some reason I’ve had the idea that embroidering from a pattern is boring and unsatisfying. As it happens, I ‘d ran out of ideas and wanted something easy to do, so I thought I’d try this cute vintage pattern I’d found in a thrift shop, and bought mainly for the yarn.

Was I wrong! It’s really challenging, maninly because it’s so hard to keep track of the threads in the fabric, I keep making mistakes and taking up stitches. And it’s SLOW.

All my respect to those of you who do this a lot!

Have no idea how long this will take to finish.

Composition: Greta Hammarquist

Facing faces

I’ve been thinking of what to do with my embroidered faces. In the end i decided to just put them in a frame. There is something in the composition I don’t like, but I’ll put them on a wall and see if I can figure out how to rearrange them. Or maybe I will like it after a while.Foto-2042

The fabric I’ve emboidered on is a thrift shop find. I suppose someone made a chair seat and cut a cirkel out of it, because there were four corners left. I like the rounded line and wanted the coarse feeling of the fabric to be visible. This way, the shape of the fabric parts is a picture in itself.

Words of wisdom

Foto-2029One of my nieces wanted words of wisdom to put on her wall, for Christmas

Since we’re both dancers I wanted something dance related and decided to use this great quote. Don’t know who said it, but I read it as a recomendation to see whatever happens to you as part of your life, and rather than cursing your mistakes,  to build something new and unexpected from them.

Also I dislike perfection, in art (as in life in general) I want improvisation and evolution, which this quote encourages.

I choose tou use the word “when” instead of “if” because accidents will happen to all of us, better be prepared.

The design is mine, and I ‘m particularly fond of the E connectiong the two words stumble and dance. I used cross stitches for the black letters, and back stitch as well as basting stitches for the red and green.

 

Thread trouble

Foto-2011Hm. That reflective thread really isn’t very easy to do embroidery with. This is an attempt for a Doctor Who phone both that I’ve crocheted. The plan was to make the windows in reflective thread, so the receiver can hang it from their bag and be seen in the dark. But as you can see its all messy. The thread is coarse and gets stuck in the yarn. I’ll head into town to see if I can find either thinner thread, or thread mixed with yarn.

Reflections

Foto-2010In this dark time and place, you need to be seen so you don’t get run over. I found out about reflective thread from LisaMaarit’s blog, and finally last night sat down to experiment a little. I’m very excited, there’s no end in what you could do with this.

Thimble

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When i was 15, my grandmother, who was an antiques dealer, gave me this silver thimble. At the time I didn’t think much of it, and as years have past I would wonder why a thimble would have to be fancy anyways. I kept it, but since I always dreaded hand sewing never really used it much.

Now when i’m caught in the ebroidery addiction, I’ve come to realize how much nicer this thimble is compared to the cheap ones I have plenty of. It’s feels much better on my finger, I now use it every sewing day and get to think of Grandma Anna-Lisa as a bonus.

Time and again

Foto-1973It really IS time to start working on Christmas presents. It really is, but it’s so hard to stop doing this

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