I stitched her up using colors I remembered from a bedspread my parents had when I was a kid. Remember when we used bedspreads and blankets on our beds? Before comforters came on the scene? Well, this one was a little bit quilted, and very slippery.
I used to do a lot of cross stitch, and then I discovered embroidery. Ah, embroidery! So quick, so easy, so beautiful! Since fall of 2008, the only needlework I’ve done is hand embroidery. But then a friend commissioned a cross stitch piece from me, and then my husband wanted a cross stitched piece, and then I saw another cross stitch piece I thought my husband would like, and then I found a cross stitch piece my son would like. Phew! So, within three weeks, I completed FOUR cross stitch pieces!
I’m going to next start working on the cast of the Big Bang Theory for myself.
You can follow my progress via Facebook on my Random Acts of Amy Page.
Today is my mom’s birthday! Being a snowbird, she’s down in sunny Florida soaking up the rays. I stitched up this cute sea horse from a pattern I bought from Kim at Big B on Etsy. Mom hung it in her bathroom, which is where I intended it to go. It looks small on the wall, so I’m going to need to stitch up some of the other elements in the patterns to go with it
A couple of months ago I had some extra money, so I bought the Shy Girl and Shy Boy pre-printed pillows from Sublime Stitching. When I got them, I could not wait to get to stitching them! I am very pleased with how they turned out. I used DMC floss for everything but the “feathers.” On those, I used Weeks Dye Works in Mermaid. I love variegated floss, and the saturated colors of Weeks’ is so pretty.
Todd and I have decided (Okay, I decided and Todd agreed), that we need a bright and colorful quilt to go along with these pillows. I spotted one on Pinterest that I like, but I’m not sure I want to take on quilting!
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My husband, Todd, often describes himself as the black sheep of his family, so when I saw this pattern on Urban Threads, I knew I needed to stitch it for him! Since he does so much for me, I wanted to give him a surprise Random Act of Crafting, so I had to do this when he was at work.
I used a fluffy black floss for the sheep body to give it more of a sheep-like look. I used linen fabric for this project, which I hadn’t worked with before (I bought it for this project, that I haven’t yet started…). I like the finished look, but I didn’t really like stitching on the linen. The pattern didn’t show through very well. I didn’t realize I would need to press harder on the stylus to make the carbon paper leave a better impression. This meant I needed to draw in parts of the pattern with a pencil after I had moved the carbon paper away. Linen is a lot more like aida cloth than cotton, so the weave was looser and bumpier, which means I was fighting over where I’d insert the needle.
To finish off the piece, I hot glued jumbo rick rack to the outside of the hoop. Since the rick rack was so big (It being jumbo, and all), and the hoop was so narrow, I folded over the rick rack and glued it to the front. I think it looks pretty neat. I could have painted the hoop, but, am I the only one who doesn’t like doing this? I mean, it looks good, but it is such a pain to paint a hoop! I need to research if hoops come pre-painted…
I used this photo light tent to take the picture. It’s the first time I’ve used it since I got it for my birthday. I also got this light tent at the same time, but when I picked it out, I didn’t realize how big 2′ x 2′ x 2′ would be! I like this smaller one, although I have a suspicion that the smaller, the better when taking pictures with this smaller tent.
I’ve been pinning a lot of embroidery pins on Pinterest lately. I’ve been on Pinterest for over a year now, and it’s only been recently that I’ve actually started to create the crafts I’ve pinned. Are you like that? You find yourself pinning all sorts of awesome things, but you just don’t quite get around to doing anything with all of those pins…
Here I am on Pinterest: albhenderson
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I saw a project similar to this one, and I had to make it!
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Wild Olive created this free embroidery pattern a while back, and I added a bit more to it by adding a felt collar reminiscent of Kermit’s.
Here’s the color story I created for this piece. I sometimes like to figure out all the colors I’m going to use in a piece ahead of time.