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Saturday, 29 March 2008

Adapting Children's colouring designs for embroidery

This week I have only managed two posts. We have all been sick and I have really enjoyed also sleeping in - generally I try and get up before the family and attack the emails and maintain my virtual identity!

Following on from my last post about embroidery patterns I also have used vintage children's colouring books; of course discovered in a local op-shop.

The above picture I have sketched onto a piece of linen using one of those fabric disappear sort of pens and then using one colour thread and a running stitch created the design. The fabric was stretched onto a hoop with a ring to hang (also found at an op-shop).

Unfortunately I never took a photo of the work as it was a Christmas present for my niece and in my Christmas hast I wrap it up before I even thought of taking a photo!

With all the embroidery focused blogging I thought I would also plug a local show/competition happening at a wonderful place called Buda in Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia.

Buda's history is firmly placed in stitch (also gardening & silver work) and they have a Contemporary Textile exhibition coming up and inviting embroiders to submit work. Details can be found here.

Wednesday, 26 March 2008

A stitch in kind - late in time

Inspired by my sister who recently got involved in a week of vintage children's books posting I am going to get involved in a week of embroidery posting inspired by Meet Me at Mikes
hosted by Floresita.

I do love embrodiery but to be honest I have never followed a pattern - so I thought I would do two posts about how I create my embroidery patterns.

The work above is on a stretch knit fabric, which was sewn stretched over a painting stretcher (which I get custom made here in Eaglehawk!) - I sew using embroidery thread and I used stem stitch for this piece - although used my creative license a bit!


This design was poached from the front cover of a Home Beautiful type of magazine that I did a quick sketch from. Below is a quick tired mummy scan of my embrodiery design/pattern.


You can find out what happened with this piece of work here
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