Eye Candy Monday
Today I am going to share some lovely embroidery pieces with you. We'll start off with the work of one of my students, then we'll have a look at some new pieces I made and we'll finish with a new initiative to bring Mastercrafts People together. Let's start with a stunning blackwork piece:
This piece has been embroidered by Anja from the Netherlands. She started it last year during one of my week-long embroidery retreats. Anja worked from a picture and translated the different textures and shades beautifully into blackwork's geometric patterns. Anja will add some white highlights to the eyes to make the birds even more life-like. I so enjoy seeing a finished piece which started under my tuition!
Next up is another piece by Anja. She started it last week during another one of my embroidery retreats. We had great fun designing this piece by using a piece by Hazel Blomkamp as the base. Then we added two flowers from a colouring book by Millie Marotta and a pomegranate from an older embroidery book. Just to illustrate that you don't need to be able to draw your own design from scratch. Mix and match often produces a stunning new design. I have a feeling this piece will turn out great as well!
As most of you know by now, I have a subscription to the Broderibox by Nordic Needle. Although I used all threads present in the May box, I wasn't sure what to do with the purse clasp. I am an embroideress and I can mount a finished piece satisfactorily. However, I am not good at finishing. Mainly because I do it so rarely. Time to change that! There are so many lovely products out there to turn your embroidery into something other than a framed picture. Time to become acquainted with the clasp.
Luckily for me, there was a website listed on the back of the clasp's packaging: Zakka Workshop. Do visit their website as they have some adorable stuff on there. And best of all, they have a really good Youtube video on how to install the clasp. As I wasn't confident that I could come up with the right size embroidered purse, I ordered their instructions for the simple patchwork pouch. It provided me with a template for the purse and then it was just a matter of adding a cute bird, do some Schwalm embroidery, add some beads and best of all: use a House of Embroidery hand-dyed perle #12 in a colour combination that's totally out of your comfort zone :).
Worked a treat so far. Installing the clasp wasn't as easy as the video makes you believe. Especially not as I've probably used the wrong interfacing between the embroidery and the lining of the purse. Mine is probably too thick/stiff. That's the challenge when using instructions from another country. However, I am quite pleased with the result! I will tinker with the purse design and write up instructions at a later date. Just keep an eye out for them on this blog :)!
Another great way to finish your embroidery (and really hot on Instagram!) is to use a tiny wooden hoop by Dandelyne. Since I really like my Schwalm butterfly, I wondered if I could shrink the piece enough to go into a 4cm hoop. Guess what? I could! I used a combination of House of Embroidery hand-dyed fine silk and raw silk as well as paper covered wire to stiffen the upper-wings. I've now worn the piece around my neck for two days straight (I did put it down for sleeping...) and it holds up beautifully. As I had some trouble adding my finished embroidery to the hoop using the instructions provided, I will write a blog on this alternative method soon. It will help others mount embroidery on thin fabrics into a Dandelyne hoop. By the way, you can get your Dandelyne hoops here in Germany from the lovely Nadine from Zur lila Pampelmuse. That's where I got mine :).
Still reading? Good reader! There is one last thing I want you to go and check out: the Mad' in Europe initiative. It is a website where you can find European Mastercrafts People. Please do visit my page and leave a review! It will not only earn you my eternal gratitude, but it will also help to make my work more visible. And don't forget to check this initiative for local crafts people near you or your next holiday destination! (and do apply for membership if you are a fellow European artisan; it's free!).
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First: I love your bird, especcially the colours.
Thank you Marie-Luise! It was great fun to work the bird with such a vibrant thread. I really hope you will find time to register and visit my page at Mad'in Europe. There are some amazing artisans on there!
What an absolute feast! I really love that Blackwork piece, and it's lovely to see animals translated in the technique, so many seem to be of people and buildings!
Thank you Catherine! I think Anja did a brilliant job. She told me that she didn't mind doing the birds; they were much easier than the tree :). The most important thing with those clasps is that you have a perfectly fitted textile part. And that's not so easy when you are not used to sewing things together...
I think I have one of those purse clasps somewhere. I should get up the courage to use it. Thank you fo rhte reminder!
Oh yes, do Rachel! And share the result please :). I quite like the idea of an embroidered purse. It is just absolutely paramount that you get the textile bit that goes into the clasp the right width/size. But since you are a much better sew-person than I am, you'll be fine!
I loved your butterfly, I have been wanting to take a stump work class, which is not available here in California, except on line??Anja's work and idea of using many designs from others is fabulous. Many great designs can be copied from any of the coloring books that are the rage now.
Thanks Velia! What a shame you were not able to sign-up for the Mad'in Europe website. The signing-up is a bit of a pain, but since you can place reviews on there, I do understand that they want to be careful. You don't want a Facebook-like rant on there :). I don't know where you are in California, but have you tried the SFSNAD in San Fransisco? They run a large range of embroidery classes and some of their tutors teach on locations elsewhere as well. Might be worth contacting them!
Hoi Jessica, wat zien de werkstukken van je cursisten er mooi uit.
Dank je wel, Mabel! En zo'n vlindertje is erg leuk om te maken. Maar ehm, wel een beetje klein en dus een hoop gepriegel :).
Thank you Anita!
BLUSH! Thank you Dima.
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