Monday, March 23, 2009

Silk and Satin and Linen...oh my...

Here a couple of my recent finishes.

This one is from a kit I won at Giggle Buttons the beginning of February. I stitched it using Kreinik silk thread and colored it with colored pencils. I chose the colors based on this material that I had. Just a minor departure from the suggested DMC colors.

Sonya chose the winners from the comments that she liked the best and I was one of the fortunate ones! Here is the comment I left:

I love all of them! My favorite has to be the roses though. When I saw it, it instantly reminded me of my Grandmother who passed 14 years ago. She loved roses, rose water and rose scented drawer liners! Her favorite was from Crabtree & Evelyn. I hadn't thought of that for awhile, thanks for the memory poke!

I plan on framing this piece and displaying it on the wall with a picture of my Grandmother, I just know she would have loved the embroidery and the material I have chosen, definately her colors!

This piece I stitched on a vintage linen napkin that I have had for a while. It is part of a set with placemats (which are on my Daughter's dresser's now that she has a "big girl's" dresser set) that belonged to my Dad's~Uncles~Second Wife. Lovely lady and I think she would approve of me embroidering them. I used DMC's satin floss for the girl and flowers, regular floss for the house and gate. They recommend using 3 strands instead of one, but I used ONE strand! I found that the satin floss "spreads" more than the regular floss and therefore one strand was equal to using two strands of regular floss. It's very splitty so shorter lenths were better. I love the end result! It has such a beautiful shine to it and it was awesome for my french knots (yes, her hair is all french knots...I do love them!)

In my hoop right now is something different. I am trying stumpwork. I should have a picture soon. I also have made two new purses, one for me and one for my Mom that I will show in a few days!


Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh My, Your work is just beautiful!

Judy H. said...

Just lovely. Your stitching is exquisite!

Patty said...

I was going to say the same as Jane, that your stitching is beautiful. I love how you did the words on the rose picture. And, I remember Crabtree & Evelyn too! I had some soap (I think).

Patty said...

Have you heard of the Pincushion Challenge? There's a monthly theme and you make a pincushion based on that. Julie has taken a break for a bit but she's said she's going to issue another challenge on April 1st. I thought you might want to join in. Not that you don't have enough going on right now! :)