Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas dear readers. 
Thank you for your support, your kind words and for visiting my world. You are loved and appreciated!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas Surprises

An early wool-on-wool applique of a cozy cupboard bed! 
From the Red House Book, coming soon to The Embroiderer's Story.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas Surprises

Claire lives in The Red House. Here is part of her wardrobe.
Don't forget to check The Embroiderer's Story for her 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christmas Surprises

The image of a red house shows up in my work over and over. This is a wool applique embroidery from my book "Making Things".
Are you visiting The Embroiderer's Story?

Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas Surprises

Tricia from The Embroiderer's Story and I have teamed up to offer you a surprise! Be sure to visit her 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway each and every day so you won't miss it.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Room With A View

One dormer window is almost done.

Made in two pieces.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Window Frame Progress

The frames of the two dormers windows for the front of the casket are complete.

It might be the first time in my life I ever stitched two of one design!

I stitch in hand.

I will reinforce the outside edge with a glue/water mixture before I cut it out from the background. The edges will then be finished in buttonhole stitches. But I am still a long way from that step. I first want to decide how to do the inside of the frame, glass, scene....
Then I also need to know what fabric I want to back the top of the window with since it will be exposed once it is attached to the lower frieze of the casket. 

As you can see I didn't arrive at this spot randomly. I tried different scales and designs for the facade before I settled on one.
One window will look into an interior scene and one will have a figure looking out, very much like the sample in the middle at the top. Only larger. 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

My Embroidery Is Hung By The Chimney With Care

My wool embroidery, "Night Time in the Enchanted Forest" is finally hung over the fireplace. 
It is very happy in its new home.
In the dining room I have reassembled a small part of my 20 year old collection of milk glass into another Winter City.

With succulents of course.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


I strongly believe that a working model should be exactly that, something you really WORK on. You can see from the picture above how many layers of ideas I have tried out so far.

Thank goodness for tape! 
Here you get an idea of how the windows will project over the lower frieze. Of course there is the possibility of the windows opening or simply a scene stitched 'behind' the glass. 

At first I thought I might make the whole casket the Red House but what I really want to stitch are stories and figures not siding.
One of the worlds in the World of Possibilities is the Golden Rule Mountains. This story will be told on each of the two sides.  

In keeping with the projected designs on the front I have decided to project the mountains on each side with other 'worlds' in the distance. The beauty of telling you all of this is that so much will change between now and completion. 
The top of the box is Once upon Time.  

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

I Have Been Working But........

I tried inserting text in the Photoshop images but it is too small to read. So I will repeat myself.
I want my casket to tell the story of "The Red House" and the "World of Possibilities".
I have had fun trying to divvy up the front of the box into sections of a house.  My first attempts were over-ambitious in scale and the stitching style not my own.

I am playing with color and with scale. I am playing with ideas and concepts for the casket as a whole.

But  somewhere along the line I have lost my creative voice.
So I revisited embroideries I like and I that I want my casket to project. I had to rethink the facade. 


OK, I'm liking this. Just 2 stories and I am playing with the surfaces and which planes project where. And I am playing with the edges. I know I don't want to frame each 'panel' with the silver tape.
For my vision it will be too disjointed.

This is the feeling, this is the mood I want to evoke. Very folk art, very ethnic embroidery.

So here I am. The designs over the  2nd story windows are stitched in the style and colors I want. You are probably wondering how I plan to let the windows project over the frieze. Oh, believe me, it is just too beautiful and all will be revealed soon!

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