Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A Fish Out Of Water

Last summer, Tricia at The Embroiderers Story offered a kit and a challenge. The proceeds of the kit helped save a 17th century beaded basket being restore at a British museum. 

The challenge was an opportunity to try our hand at making our own beaded basket.

By the time I wrapped the metal rims with a medley of beads I knew beading wasn't going to become a new passion. But I wanted to finish the project. I had an embroidered fragment from an earlier project that fit into the bottom of the basket perfectly. It is hard to see but the fish is wired and jumping out of the pond and into the waterfall.
It became the perfect name for this piece, 'A Fish Out Of Water'!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Dragon Prince

In my 'World of Possibilities', The Golden Rule Mountains are central to the story and to that world. Here the Dragon Prince who believes, 'He who has the gold rules' lives along side the Princely Dragon who's guiding principle is 'Treat others as you would be'.
The Dragon Prince is not a nice person, but his realm will be on one side of my embroidered casket.

Here is his castle. It is gold. Of course.

Here is the side panel waiting for the rest of the embroidery.

And here the Dragon Prince is set on top of the background. I stitched him separately and will applique him to the background. He still needs his crown, gold of course, and his boots, also gold. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

I'm Getting Better With The Silk

Hey diddle diddle
the cat and the fiddle
the cow jumped over the moon
the little dog laughed to see such sport
and the dish ran away with the spoon......
The the dish and spoon opened this sweet little diner. It is stitched in silk, I am getting better at it.

With the main image done, I took the stitching out of the hoop and did a row of chain stitches around the outside edge.

I covered the chain stitches with a blanket stitch border. 

Here it sits on top the trinket box. I am experimenting with different edges for the panels of my casket.

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