Monday, September 14, 2009

A Stitch in Time

I picked up a "new" craft last week: embroidery.
I am in love!
Embroidery combines my 2 loves of drawing and sewing. I don't know why I didn't start before!
I haven't worked any commercial patterns yet. I have been hand-sketching my own patterns based on images found on Google (my printer is dead). This is fun for me, not only because I get to practice my drawing skills, but because all of my finished embroidered pieces are one-of-a-kinds.
I have finished 4 pieces so far - 2 semi-nudes and 2 portraits.
The comments I have received on Craftster and Flickr are very encouraging. The response to the Einstein piece was unexpected and crazy. Big hugs to my fellow crafty friend AlwaysInspired who has been an awesome cheerleader in my return to crafting (and for sending me some black floss since there are NO local retailers who sell it!).

Here are photos of my finished pieces.

My first piece:


My second:


The infamous Einstein. His hair is stitched in some super-soft eyelash yarn for the crazy look.


And of course, George Carlin. I have much love for the late Carlin. This piece was made for AlwaysInspired's hubby. She plans to mat and frame it with tickets from a Carlin show they were lucky enough to attend.

13 comments:

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Those are totally awesome! I love the Einstein one too! Hm, I've never embroided anything either; must try it!

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Indy Grrrl said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love these! Great work : )

Bridget said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

wow you're doing great with your "new" craft. I love the name of your blog...

Chocolate and Steel said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

these are so great. I usually think of flowers on pillows when someone mentions embroidery. These are edgy! An Einstein embroidered pillow would fit me just great.

Mrs Knickertwist! said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

They are all soooo great! Einstein makes me giggle. Nicely done :)

Krystal Hosmer of Solsisters said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Why, those are very .... umm .... "non-traditional" subjects! You go girl!

Marie S said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

They are all great but Einstein is a favorite!!!
Well done.
Not your grandmother's embroidery, that's for sure!
Good luck in the giveaway!!

Print Brochures | Jarmaine said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

The Einstein embroidery looks fabulous! Good idea using a different material for the crazy hair and mustache, that definitely worked out well! Great job! You should continue doing this, it's clearly something you have talent it :)

Shari Replogle said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I absolutely love the Einstein! Thanks for visiting me .
~Shari

Mary Beth said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Lovely! The nudes are beautiful!

jen said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

These are awesome! I love George Carlin too...that's really cool!

thanks for following my blog too!

Nicolita Love said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love albert!

Alli said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Really beautiful! I think the second is my favorite. You certainly do have a talent for this - I can't believe they are your first pieces. Your embroidery is definitely art!