Backside of the Hoop

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Backside of the Hoop is a monthly feature by Random Acts of Amy

Have you ever wondered what the backside of an embroidery artist’s hoop looks like? Or what their behind the scenes process looks like? Me, too! As an embroidery artist, I’m intrigued by how other artists finish their hoops, what their creative process is, and what their behind the scenes space looks like. I decided to put together this monthly feature to showcase the different embroidery, cross stitch, and other needle artists out there so we could all learn more about the backsides of their hoops! Stay tuned!

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Happy Stitching!

My Week in Stitches

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I’ve been pretty busy stitching this past week!

You've been "Stitch Rolled!" Hand embroidered Rick Astley singing, "Never gonna give you up" by Random Acts of Amy

While cleaning out my studio I discovered this Rick Astley piece I had started. You’ve been “Stitch Rolled!”

July's Hastystitch Embroidery Challenge set by Hey Paul Studios: Wheat stitch, whipped back stitch, kitchen, and utensil by Random Acts of Amy

July’s Hastystitch Embroidery Challenge set by Hey Paul Studios: Wheat stitch, whipped back stitch, kitchen, and utensil.

Pretty row of flowers and grasses stitched on sparkly gold burlap by Random Acts of Amy. Pattern by Anna Scott.

Stitched on sparkly gold burlap. Pattern by Anna Scott.

Hand embroidered "Bloom where you're planted" by Random Acts of Amy

Bloom where you’re planted hand embroidered hoop.

Hand embroidered "Bloom where you're planted" by Random Acts of Amy

Close up of the raspberries and flowers

Hand embroidered "Bloom where you're planted" by Random Acts of Amy

Close up of the bee, berries, and flower

Hand embroidered "Bloom where you're planted" by Random Acts of Amy

Side view to show the detail of how I finish my hoops. I love the oak stain, painted stripes, and “vintage” look.

Painted Furniture: Sewing Cabinet

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Todd and I have gotten really into painted furniture lately. We’ve bought a few beat up pieces, been gifted a couple from our neighbors who are moving, and inherited other pieces from relatives. This sewing cabinet used to be Todd’s Grandma’s. We’ve had it for a few years, and it sits in our foyer landing. As you can see from the before pictures, it was really beat up, and that’s a part of the charm of it, for us. Much of the wood veneer on the legs was missing, and there were a lot of scratches and gouges everywhere.

Sewing-Cabinet-Before

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OITNB: I threw my pie for you Embroidery

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OITNB Offical Pic

Have you watched season one of Orange is the New Black yet? I did…in about three days when it came out last year! I’m excited for the premiere of Season 2 on Monday, June 2, 2014, but I don’t think I’ll binge watch it like I did last season. OITNB is so well written, and the actors are so realistic as their characters, that by watching episodes back to back over the course of a few days, my emotions were in turmoil! Maybe I’ll space season two out over a couple of weeks…oh, who am I kidding?! I’ll probably binge watch it again.

I’m excited to participate in my first Blog Hop! I had been confused by them in the past, but Jennifer of Hydrangea Hippo and Jade of Jaderbomb have made it so easy. We were asked to created some kind of crafty/artistic project that’s inspired by Orange is the New Black, a Netflix original. Before I show you what I created, I want to introduce you to my fellow Crafty Blog Hoppers.

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