Ta-da! ✨ This 5” floral duo hoop is stitched, backed, and finished at last. It was really nice to take a break from designing patterns and instead stitch one from @dmc_embroidery. You can find this free pattern (and so many more!) on their website at dmc.com or by using the link in their Instagram bio ☺️ #stitchedthroughhoops
Well this photo pretty much captures the chaos that is my studio space these days. My studio space is actually a small corner of our tiny apartment living room. While I try to keep things tidy and in piles, these piles tend to overflow and get everywhere. I don't know about you, but in the middle of a project I sometimes get an idea and have to drop what I'm doing to work on it. Other times I just start pulling fabric and thread to see where it takes me. All in all, this accounts for embroidery essentials everywhere. What's an artist with a home studio to do?
That's the beauty of working with variegated threads, each stitches have its unique texture💗 Loving this flower tree embroidery by @bellalovedesigns using our lovely colours of variegated Eleganza! 🌸🌸 . . . Want to work with an AMAZING thread? This pretty pack of thread is in the Etsy Shop NOW. 🌸🔮🌸
A little mustard love because, ummm yeah! Libby over @threadfolk is speaking my colour language how about you?! 💛💛⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ Are you always loosing your needle?! You can shop Libby and I’s little needle minder collab in the shop, there are only a few left so move quickly 😉
This beauty flew off my needles last week! I'd been wanting to give some new life to this precious handwoven, traditional kashmiri wool shawl that used to belong to my mother and was handed down to me years ago. I'm sure she herself had worn it for a long time and, being one of my absolute favourites, I wore it and wore it every through so many autumns and winters. Since last year it's had a very big, and obvious, coffee stain on one of the corners of it. A stain begging for some embellishment! And as autumn started whispering in my ears, and my neck was longing for the familiar comfort and weight of my old shawl friend, I knew it was time to give her a bit of re-birth. I stayed with tradition and chose Zalakdosi techniques and motifs to complement that delicate border stitched by the original maker of this shawl. One of those zalakdosi masters, who can crank out the most delicate and minute stitches on an entire shawl, in a matter of hours and with no help from hoops or any other tensioning devices. Of course the reverse applique means this is not pure zalakdosi. But the essence of the traditional work has been preserved while adding just a little Daki-twist to make this one of my go to techniques for shawls from now on. Yes, I'm completely hooked and cant wait to start another one of these soon! Like all my embroidery, the motif was drawn straight onto the fabric, freehand with no planning or pre-design. Instinctive, intuitive hand work. I've used a mix of wool and indian cotton for the threads, keeping closely to the palette of the original border work . . . . . . .