Sunday, July 29, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Middle: Photo of part-done piece.
Bottom: Back... always nice.
It was a stage I was going through, this pensive looking out. Tentative. Pleased. My hair looked like this, only dark. Long.
Looks more like a mix (of Me) with my friend Suzanne and someone's luscious lips... come to think of it Suzie has those. She's one of those friends who tells you why you did right/acted understandably/are terrific... even if you've been appalling. Great pre/post seperation friend. It's not a picture of me and it is.
I'd had a dream with the kaleidoscopic squares as depicted at the top the night before a clever show on tele which informed us that we don't dream in colour. I can still see the vision in my mind. So there, stick that up your jumper.
I like this and I don't like it, but is that because my nearest and (usually, mostly, generally) dearest doesn't like it?
Friday, July 27, 2007
P.S. The yellow knitted dress is one my kids wore, yes, even my son. Seems like a life-time ago, or five minutes.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
They don't fit. Although she did 'The Plank' with her little feet to make it difficult, bless her.
You can see how they go together. Sew the tops together... top and lining around the ankle, having the strap pinned in place. Then sew the sole to both (top & lining). I'd be stitching the inner sole (lining) over the seams inside by hand, if I was going to bother finishing them that is. You know, tuck the seam inside the sole lining.
I made the strap longer than before but stupidly didn't measure and left the full extra bit in... easily remedied but not now.
Back to the drawing board. At least they'll be easier, being bigger.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
The pages you see at the top are my source. An old McCalls Needlework & Craft from my childhood. But since making this pattern and cushions, I've purchased an original pattern from good old Ebay. I haven't even looked inside yet! Had it for over a year.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Here it is. I think you have to save the picture to Documents or something before you can print it? Then enlarge it. Or just draw it. 1, 2, 3 body parts, then wings...
If you click on the drawn diagram, you'll see the stich recommendations. Of course you may do as you so desire. You can stand on your head in the corner if you please and I won't stop you.
Alright... Firstly, work the legs and feeler thingy's. You don't neccessarily need to work the legs that are hidden by the wings. I do but that doesn't mean you have to. Do your Knots. Leave a space for the eyes. I do them in Satin Stitch but firstly work a row around the eye in Chain, then Satin one way, covering the Chain, then Satin over the top of it all. Get it?
The feet are Fly Stitches.
Couch some thickish cord or something, following whatever design you choose. Make the outside line (edge of either wing) thicker than the internal (swirly) lines.
Using filaments or fine metallic thread, do Herringbone Stitch to fill the in-betweens. I've blended different colours by stopping half-way... then coming in with a different colour. I also added single stitches here and there to add a spark or add some deeper colour in a corner.
Or, if you're doing something like the Orange Velvet Fabric Bee, couch the whole of the wings. That piece isn't finished, obviously, but it's still got a second set of wings to go on yet.
The Silver Rabbit Fur Cushion Bee has fine rayon stitching below the wings too. I put them there to make the embroidery stand out against the fabric better.
The rest of the photo's of the finished Rabbit Fur Bee Cushion are here.
Please email me if I've missed something or it's not clear... firstname.lastname@example.org
...it's my blog and I'll do what I want to. I went to the Pixar exhibition at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image with these blossoms. Oh and their mother and auntie and adopted aunty for the day. Great show! **** from all of us.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Hmmm... Went to the Boat and Fishing Thingy at Jeff's Shed last night after a long day at work and bought this!! Well, my darlinka decided, I would never presume to be so SPENDY! It's 16ft long and you peddle rather than paddle, which is suitable and neccessary because of my dodgy neck and shoulders (which I do believe is due to rampant embroidering). Good bum work too so he'll get his money's worth (back) eventually.
So the guys at the show, who, incidentally all know Ross via the kayak fishing forum but hadn't met face to face... told me about the fishing aspect... 'You can put your rod here' and so on, and I asked them about the embroidery capacity of the rear storage cubicle. Of course they said the vessel was so stable that I could easily do my embroidery.
They thought I was joking. Ha ha ha!
Wilson's Prom, where we intend to take the kayaks. But don't worry, we won't do anything drastic without being experienced and without other's with us. But, see the islands on the horizon? I've wanted to go there since I was a child.
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Just found the book... Handmade Zakka.