My craft of choice recently has been embroidery. Its small, can be done in little snatches and is oh so soothing after a long day.
This little fellow is adapted from a pattern I found on the art blog of the crazy talented Gennine (seriously check her out- so amazing!) I adapted the pattern to fit the size of hoop I wanted to use and off I went. When I finished this little fellow just looked so sad to me that I added the tears. Not sure what he is crying about though.
To get the deeper colour on the tail I mixed strands of thread from the two colours I had already used. Both artistically pleasing and thrifty (I hate wasting thread!)
What have you made this week friends?
Well, I’m late again, but shhhhh don’t tell anyone! I had a very bad day yesterday which was made substantially better by James taking me out for dinner to cheer me up, but it does mean that this didn’t get written. But hey Tuesday is the new Monday and brown is the new black and all of that jazz!
1. The sunshine! I’m pretty sure it puts the whole country in a better mood automatically.
2. Andy Murray got to the semi-finals ofWimbledon! I know he was disappointed but I think that’s an excellent result, especially when players like Nadal and Djokovic are in such blistering form.
3. We went for a picnic at the weekend and it was fabulous- good food and good friends- what more could a girl ask for?
I’m so excited about this I have pre-ordered it from the American Amazon so I can get it signed by John Green! I’m so happy its insane. (We’re ignoring the fact it cost me about the same in p+p as the actual book!)
5. I’ve been feeling a little inspired recently on the embroidery front so I should have something pretty to show you tomorrow!
6. It’s a beautiful day to day, James and I brought some posh soup for dinner which should be really nice and then we are going to the gym tonight. All in all its shaping up to be a good day!
7. James. I really don’t know what I would do without him, he makes all these grown up scary decision which I have to make so much easier.
I hope you are all well my friends,
Well, here goes. I’ve been working on this piece of embroidery on and off for over a year now. Its one of those piece where there is so much I want to do I tend to get overwhelmed and end up doing nothing. Life is ironic like that.
Its a piece of fabric from Ikea which James brought for me because he knew I’d love the pattern. I’ve been embroidering over it aiming for a cacophony of colour effect to make a really bright wall hanging.
I’ve been experimenting between keeping the colour life realistic like on this heron…
And being a bit more out there and surreal like with this seed pod and the main branch stem.
Like many an embroiderer before me I was very pleased with myself when I worked out that chain stitch could be made to look like feathers.
I’m really really proud of the way in which these leaves turned out. It was my first time at attempting split stitch and if it didn’t take so ruddy long, I would use it as a fill stitch for everything I love the effect so much!
I would dearly love to finish this so I can hang it in my living room, I’m off this weekend from work so I might have to have an intense session on it!
Have a fantastic Wednesday my friends
As you will have probably noticed I have become pretty bad with keeping up with a posting schedule around these parts; there has been a a few reasons for this none of them particuarily interesting; work, work and life in general really! The usual culprits!
However I have felt a burst of insipration recently and I have decided to get myself back in to some sort of schedule. Due to the fact I work 2 jobs and have to commute I’m going to be aiming for 3 posts a weeks! Not a huge amount but it will be an improvement on what I’ve been managing recently.
So heres the plan… on a Monday I’m going to continue posting 7 good Things, mostly because I find this really helpful in focusing my own mind on the good things in my week which I need to remember to be thankful for.
On a Wednesday I’m going to be sharing some of the art and probably particuarily embroidery inspiration I stumble accross on the net and hopefully some of my own work as well.
Then on a Friday we will have a bookish type post, review or otherwise.
I think setting these things down for myself will hopefully keep me focused and keep me on track, because I love writing and sharing things on this little blog and I would hate to loose this and become overwhelmed with the more boring aspects of every day life!
Anyhoo, I hope to see you all back here on Monday for 7 Good Things! Have a fabulous Sunday my friends.
(yes I know the frame isn't really large enough!)
This is what I’ve been playing about with for the last couple of days. Its my second attempt at stitching lettering, so I’m pretty pleased with it. I wrote the quote freehand on to the cotton and then used a simple running stitch to go over it.
I think the next time I try to do this I will experiment with using a computer font rather than my hand writing (or just try really hard to make my writing neater) as you can defiantly tell how my writing changes size. I’m also going to experiment with using back stitch or something so that you get a clearer line.
I was inspired to start on this piece because whilst out with my Dad last week I got a collection of some of Isaac Asimov’s short stories and I’ve been reading it over the last few days. It was really good, and I’ve loved this quote for ages, so I though hey- good combo! Unfortunately because I am disorganised in the extreme I cannot currently find this book to finish it. Time for a spring clean I feel!…
Happy Wednesday friends
The view from my bedroom balcony...
Its a very grey day today, but if you look closely on the tree you can see the start of new buds. This gives me hope that spring is just around the corner.
This week is my last week signed off from work by the doctors. I have an appointment with the physiotherapist tomorrow, so I’m hoping for the good news that I can go back to work next week. Although I still can’t bend my knee anywhere near normally, I am walking on it more confidently so we will just hope for the best!
There have been plenty of good things to choose from this week so without further ado…
1. My Dad and I went on another outing to the second handbook shop in Felixstowe last week… and they were having a half price sale! So exciting! I got plenty of great steals so watch out for them coming to a Saturday Steals post near you in the future!!
2. My new green/blue nail polish- so pretty!
3. One of my Dads friends has lent me a therapeutic ultrasound machine which is meant to help the swelling and pain in my knee reduce. I’ve used it a couple of times now so we shall see what happens.
4. My aunt and uncle are visiting with my baby cousin this weekend. I’m so excited for their arrival, I haven’t seen them for a couple of months so I’m looking forward to many cuddles with my baby cousin.
5. I woke up this morning, check one of my favourite blogs and realised that I’d won a giveaway which I entered a while back! Such good news to wake up to!
6. My sampler, Mr Octopus and Friends, got featured by the blog Feeling Stitchy in one of their posts! I was so excited and honoured because I’ve been reading and loving that blog for so long now!
7. James and I brought a whole bunch a veggies at the weekend and some hummus and I’ve been dipping away all weekend. Love it! James and I decided to give up buying meat for lent so we’ve been finding lots of great vegetarian recipes to try. (Last night it was bean chilli- scrumptious!) We decided to give up buying meat, rather than eating it because we already had some meat in the house and it would have seem disrespectful to me not to eat that meat and just throw it away. I’m quite enjoying limiting my meat intake, who knows, I might keep this up after lent has finished!
Happy Monday friends
So I’ve been a bit awol recently. Being stuck at home a lot doesn’t really lend its self to doing a whole gamut of interesting and blog worthy things! However, I have been putting my free time to good use (well possibly) and I have created this!
...my little seafaring friends...
I’m quite proud of these little dudes! Its a present for my aunt who had her first son a few months and I’ve been wanting to make him a cute present for ages. The first thing I attempted to make him went wrong, badly wrong so I had the idea for this little sampler.
Mr Octopus is the stitch- along- pattern from the blog Feeling Stitchy for the month of March. I just saw him and immediately thought- sampler.
Mr Octopus himself...
I’m really pleased with how this little guy turned out, mostly due to the excellent pattern which I used, designed by Corvus Tristis. I used small french knots as an accent on his tentacles as a way to hint towards sucker pads. I didn’t want to over do it though, because I really wanted to do a mostly line drawing inspired piece.
Because small children love bright colours and I brought myself a mix pack of thread off of the internet one night, I decided to do the alphabet in a rainbow gradient. The letters I used were adapted from the same pattern from whence Mr Octopus came.
I drew the weed, Miss Starfish and Mr Fish on to the fabric free hand, before stitching over them. I’m really, really pleased that they came out looking like the things I wanted them too!
...close up on Mr Fish...
So pretty much the next step for this is to iron this and then frame it for my aunt. Sorry about the quality of the photos in this post. Its a really overcast day here and the light is really bad. I don’t think the background has really come out right; its actually a really pretty light blue cotton.
I hope everyone is having a fantastic week!