Monday, February 1, 2016

Found on Flickr: Stitched Pet Portraits

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Customized Dog Portrait Brooch
I don't know about you guys, but I'm a bit of a sucker for pet portraits. I don't know if it's because I have a dog now. There is just something so heart warming about people having portraits made of their dog or cat or pet iguana.

It says: this being is dear to me, s/he is part of my family. I think that's a beautiful thing.

In the &Stitches Flickr group I came across the work of Makiko who stitches brooches with adorable quirky dogs and other animals. She even does customized portraits. Pop over to her Flickr page for more stitchy animal adorableness!


What are you stitching? Please share in the &Stitches Flickr group. We'd love to see it!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Villains Stitch-along Update: Liberty Skeletor

Liberty Skeletor FO

It was a while back now, but I thought you might like to see how Liberty Skeletor came out! I stitched this silly little piece for our stitch-along in October, and I think he came out quite fetching, don't you?

Liberty Skeletor FO

In case you missed our Fictional Villains Stitch-along, check out all the other awesome, evil pieces here!

What are you stitching? Please share in the &Stitches Flickr group. We'd love to see it!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Woolly Beetle

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I love this Beetle stitched by Barbara on a textured fabric. The woolly looking background fabric somehow makes the Beetle looks softer too, almost cuddly!

What are you stitching? Please share in the &Stitches Flickr group. We'd love to see it!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

My Stitchy Resolutions



I have a couple of things I would like to do this year. The first is to loosen up! I have a certain style that I tend to stick to of detailed linear embroideries like my current moth work-in-progress. Recently however I've been admiring more sketchy, scruffy works on Instagram and really want to give it a try.
I want to stitch with big chunky threads and fine threads on the same piece and leave loose thread ends hanging down the front. I won't be abandoning my usual style completely, just experimenting with some different styles. Hopefully it will be fun; I can usually picture how a finished piece might look but I have an inkling that it might be much more exciting to make it up as I go along.

The other thing I want to do is to try some mixed media. I was lucky enough to get screen printing things and needlefelting stuff for Christmas and once I have worked out how to use them I would love to start incorporating them in my embroidery. So there is (hopefully) lot's of scruffy, printed, felted embroidery coming in 2016!

What are you stitching? Please share in the &Stitches Flickr group. We'd love to see it!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

My Stitchy Resolutions



My stitchy resolutions for this year are simple: make more things that I really enjoy making like this Flower Bear from late 2014. And hopefully improve on my embroidery skills while doing so... I also need to sort my craft stash, starting with my embroidery floss and needles. I envy Julie's highly organised floss stash. Maybe I should recruit her as my floss-organiser? :)  What are your plans this year?