Monday, November 9, 2015

My Own Personal Stitcher!!!!

My notebooks fill with drawings faster than I can possibly stitch.

One of my sisters (I have 4 and one brother!) has recently started to embroider.

This, I believe, is only her second piece, maybe third. And it is one of my drawings.

I love drawings right out of my notebook. Drawings that haven't been 'fixed'.

But best of all I love how my sister has interpreted it! Her palette is different than mine.
I love that her voice came through this very whimsical design.
Thank you for letting me share this Claudia!
It is a beautifully done piece.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Lucy Returns

Lucy is back from her big adventure. You'd look frightened too so high above the city of Edinburgh!
Fortunately a pub and a pint were never far.
Now that she has had a chance to rest and unpack Lucy would like to share some of the goodies she found in her travels.
We would like to thank the country of Scotland for kindly providing Lucy with her own set of the royal jewels! She promises to wear them often.
Behind the jewels is a new pillow for the royal (Lucy's) bed. It was one of three kits provided on The Great Casket Tour. Meant to be made up as a pin cushion I made it into a doll bed pillow instead.
Also tumbling out of Lucy's bag is a new friend she found in the pretty city of Bath.

How convenient that dolly and the pillow were stitched in the same colors. I wonder how that happened? 

Lucy was very bad about keeping up with her travel journal. Look at all of those empty pages.

Lucy's friend Sue came back to the states with us. Her skirt is made from a remnant found at Liberty's of London. The horsey came from Edinburgh's Museum of Childhood.

Sue has arrived with the royal sword of the Stair Palace. She found it languishing in Portobello Road and knew it should be reunited with it's rightful owners. There will be a great ceremony when that happens. Stay tuned. 

Lucy is trying to work on project #2 from the tour. 

But first lots of tiny peacock feathers must be stitched.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Little Travelers

Her bag is packed.

And her dolly is snug in her arms.
What adventure awaits?

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Pens and Needles

This project began with a drawing.
I transferred the drawing to my embroidery fabric and colored in the design with fabric makers. I stitched the outline/drawing with stem stitch.
After stitching the outline I went back and added more color.
But I'm not done!

I re-sized a photo of the embroidery to fit into one of the casket drawers. I printed out 8 little images on one sheet of photo print glossy paper.

Then I started having fun cutting away segments of the image, layer by layer.

I'm not sure what this technique is called. I think it was very popular in the late 70's.

I used flat wooden toothpicks as spacers glued between layers.
It isn't a tunnel book exactly but just another experiment along those lines.

Friday, August 21, 2015

A New Tunnel Scene

The casket has 2 lids. This new tunnel embroidery scene of The Village fits under the lower lid.
Here are two of the early residents.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Princely Dragon's Birthday Party

The Dragon Prince is celebrating his birthday!
All the children of the kingdom are invited. Mama Bear is helping out.

There is a birthday cake.

Party hats.


Monday, August 10, 2015

Doll House Keeping

My dollhouse had housekeeping issues that needed to be dealt with.

So I took a couple photos before I dismantled everything.

And the dollies requested a group photo!

Monday, July 27, 2015

A Very Little Doll

After many attempts I have come up with a dolly design to use on the outside of the casket as well in some scenes on the inside.
The edge is wired so I can pose it just a little.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Three's the Charm

Our daughter Jane had the third surgery we all hoped she wouldn't need. It was on Tuesday. Now she is doing VERY WELL, and will be home this afternoon!

Friday, July 10, 2015

A Favor Dear Readers

I am at a point in my life and in my work where I would enjoy sharing my embroidery with a larger audience. TAFA is 
the Textile and Fiber Arts List  and is currently running an online embroidery contest.Here are my two entries. 
I would love to have your support!
Scroll down on this page and click on the embroidery you want to vote for.

These are the two images I have submitted.
Many thanks.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Stitched Tunnel Books

Making stitched tunnel books is still an experiment for me.
This view shows their construction a little clearer and just how much they can expand.
I have more ideas to try.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Playing In The Water

Here is the Mermaid's grotto in the Golden Rule Mountains. The Bubbles rising out of the water will continue on the panel above.
This is for the side of the casket above the panel of the Princely Dragon. 
And yes, the mountains do extend beyond the edge of the frieze. They will be freestanding to balance the windows on the casket front.

Inside the casket works continues. Each drawer will contain its own little world.

Stitched as a tunnel books this one is a fanciful boat sailing on a moonlit night.