Tuesday, March 27, 2007

a heart in progress

completed heart

I was happy to finally see this heart completed - I had gotten so frustrated with it, and picked out and re-stitched so many colors on this... I'm really enjoying this project and taking my time - instead of stepping back and saying "I'm finished" after 1 or 2 nights, I've carried this project over weeks, doing new sketches whenever I think about it:

another drawing

I used this sketch to think mainly of colors and where things would go... most of the colors I didn't end up using after all, but I like how it looks on its own.

I changed the color on the banner outline from grayish blue to peach - something about the gray just blended in too much and looked dull.

Stitching the lettering on the ribbon around her neck was trickiest - I used a single strand of black sewing thread, so the stitches look a tiny bit crooked:


I really enjoy my progress so far - all this weekend I stitched some more, which means there's a bit more to come. I love taking my time and knowing there's no rush... :)

as of yesterday...

Friday, March 23, 2007

Mr. Owl says "Thank you"

Mr. Owl is honored...

Mr. Owl's house was nominated for a Softie Award! I was so flattered to see my little creation up there, with so many cool and utterly creative crafts.

Check out the rest of the nominees and give Mr. Owl a vote (but only if you really want to!)

Update: We won!!!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

sad girl progress

choosing colors

As usual, choosing colors has proved to be a challenge, so I even snapped a few pics with thread in place to gauge how it looked. Here is sad girl as of Sunday afternoon - looking at her in a wrinkled state was not inspiring me, so I whipped out some wooden stretcher bars and tape to take this progress shot. You can see the faint hints of a banner across the top and two small birds.

so far... my drawing

I based this all on a quick drawing (above) I did a couple of weeks ago, but I still have ideas in my head that didn't make it onto the page. I'm mainly thinking of the idea of sadness, of things and words that make me sad - I'm not sure why but I feel like it's something I want to express... and no, I'm not extremely sad! :) To me it represents how people experience emotions, but don't necessarily dwell on them or talk a lot about them... More to come.

Thursday, March 8, 2007

sad girl embroidery

I've had this idea floating around in my head for some time now, so a few days ago I finally drew her on a large scrap of pillowcase with a pencil, and began. I'm thinking of a lot of things as I stitch this - my favorite paintings, emotions, films, and songs, we'll see how this comes along....

like raindrops

The face is very typical of the kind of girls I sketch without thinking about it... It's nice to be incorporating my own drawings after using patterns and transfers.

embroidered underpants

what happens when I'm bored...

Ever wanted to embroider your underwear? Ok, I realize this qualifies me as a world-class goofball, but there you go - I did it. Um, more than once. However this last time was the cutest, so I thought it warranted a photograph. :)

a little French

Oh this is so strange - I'll probably take this down soon! :) Okay, I'll also confess I've had a secret urge to embroider some days of the week undies... but I really hate how movies interpret those days of the week so literally! Will I really look disgustingly unclean if I'm sporting "Monday" on a "Thursday"? And I'm so disorganized, I know I'll get them hopelessly out of order! Perhaps the best alternative is to resort to a foreign language? Hmmm...

Thursday, March 1, 2007

"Don't Be Dirty" shower curtain

sewing fluffy orange towel strips phase: almost complete!

After about a week of work, my labor of Sublime Stitching love is complete! After seeing one of my pillowcases on Jenny Hart's blog, I was so moved I set immediately to work on this squeaky clean shower-vixen... :)

pink star

Now, she may be nude, but that's no reason to

my favorite part... dirty!

Tee hee. Yes I know I'm a big cheeseball. :) I only wish she were easier to photograph... I stitched her on a thin, shiny polyester shower liner. I added some bright orange towel strips from an old towel we were throwing out, as a frame. Here she is, presiding over her new home:

keeping things clean...