Finished: Millie Marotta's fox
I finished stitching Millie Marotta's fox yesterday evening late (quite late, that is...). A few months ago this whole project started when Mary Corbet mentioned Millie Marotta's new colouring book 'Animal Kingdom' on Needle 'n Thread. Me and the fox had an instant connection. Waiting for the book to arrive at the bookstore was a tantalluskwelling. Patience is not one of my virtues. Of course, no one buys this as I am an embroideress and embroiderers are patient. Yeah right.
Here you'll see the fox finished bar the stumpwork elements. I've used House of Embroidery perle #12 (which you can find in my webshop together with perle #8 and gorgeous silk ribbons) in shades: Wildlife A, Marigold C, Maple A & C, Strelitza A, Harvest C, Sri Lanka C, Berries B and Brass A & B. Sparkly highlights were stitched using Madeira Metallic embroidery thread #40 Colour 28 and DMC Diamant #301. I love DMC Diamant. It is not your average badly behaving metallic embroidery thread. It is much nicer.
And here are some of the wired stumpwork elements. I used the same threads with a red linen background. Why red? Well after cutting them out, you do tend to see a wee bit of the background fabric. Using a background fabric corresponding with your stitching thread makes thus a lot of sense.
And here is the finished piece! Needless to say: I love it to bits. Can't wait to mount the piece (oh gosh, did I really write that? Wow, I've come a long way since my first mounting instructions at Hampton Court Palace...). It will then be framed in a white IKEA frame until I can scratch together enough money to have it properly framed.
Here's an angled picture so one can appreciate the 'stumpiness' of the stumpwork elements better. For those of you planning to visit Nadel & Faden in Osnabrück in September, the fox will be on display!
So what's next? A wee bit of homework. And then I am going to play with my Elizabeth Ward tiny container bead storage solution tray. You can read all about this genius system on Mary Corbet's Needle 'n Thread. See you next week!
wat een goed idee en wat ziet het er prachtig uit !
Dank je wel Theresia!
Loes van Harinxma
Wat is het prachtig geworden, heel bijzonder!
Dank je wel Loes! Wat borduur jij zo op dit moment?
de stumpwork bladeren maken het levendiger !
Ja, Annelot, anders was het te vlak geworden. Alleen het verloopgaren en de metallicdraden waren net niet genoeg. Heb jij nog een project onder handen op het moment?
Wat mooi! Ik krijg steeds meer zin om meer te gaan borduren :)
amazing and beautiful
Thank you Kay!
I adore this!! What type of fabric is it you used for the ground?
Hi Kay, it's a silk damask.
Hug applause. A Mr Fantastic fox for sure!
Hi Patti, thank you! I had a look at your website; the sampler you're stitching is very pretty. Have a nice day, Jessica
This is gorgeous !
Hi Sandrine, thank you very much! I had a look at your blog. What a meeting you had. My Dutch bank always invited me to such events as well. Me and me husband always went as the food was quite good :). The information too, but probably not for such creative very small companies as we are. Good luck! Jessica
Helen from Australia
Oh you are such a clever, clever girl. When will I ever be able to attain such skill. Well done.
Thank you Helen! Just keep stitching and I am sure you will succeed! Have a nice day, Jessica
c'est un très beaux dessin brodé en rouge
Inspiring and VERY beautiful !
Thank you Bill!
Thank you very much Sue, for your kind compliments. Hope you are alright!
Dank je wel Mari-jan! Haar nieuwste boek heeft ook weer hele leuke tekeningen. Zo staat er een krab in waar ik ook wel raad mee zou weten...
What a gorgeous piece of art work. By the needle, amazing.
Thank you Velia!
This is so amazingly gorgeous!!!! You did superb work!
Thank you Kathy!
Just see this at BTAB in Adelaide, it's magnificent. Inspirational.
This is beautiful!!! I've been thinking about starting embroidery, and this makes me want to get really good at it so I can put something this cute on my jean jacket. I also love foxes, so just more incintive.
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