Saturday, May 12, 2012

I've been productive

When I met up with my friend and fellow Scouser Ann at the recent show in Liverpool she gave me a set of Dyan's house stamps that she'd hardly used but no longer wanted, so I said I'd make her something as a thank you.  I made this bird for her and she's delighted with it.














I'd been wanting to make a 'Wood Nymph' (pattern by Julie McCullough) for some time.  As I'd previously borrowed the pattern from someone I had scanned it onto the computer but the some of the pages were missing so I didn't have the pieces for the body, thighs or wings.  I used the top arm to do the thighs just enlarging it then estimated the body size (I had a picture of the shape of the body to go by) the consequence of this was she ended up with a fat neck lol.  Actually I don't know why I said that because of course Wood Nymph's always have fat necks - but you knew that right? haha  I did in fact discover that I had previously cut out all the pattern pieces (apart from the wings) so wanted to make one for myself with the correct pattern so gave this one to my granddaughter who loves it, fat neck and all ;-) The fabric for the lower legs is some I'd previously dyed.


Also while at the show in Liverpool I bought a kit which included fabric, design to transfer and instructions.  This isn't something I normally do as I have enough fabric to do things like this and think 'I could do that'.  The problem is then I don't get round to doing it.  Also I want to follow more of other people's projects through from beginning to end for the purpose of learning how to do them properly and use them as inspiration for my own projects.  This is the 'Doorway Stitch Project' by Wendy Dolan.  I just need to do another 'scroll' on the lower part of the door then it's complete.  The blue is actually more turquoise IRL and the other main colour is a little darker.  The overall piece is 9"x8".


I've had a little book on Crewelwork embroidery for years intending to have a go, well I've finally got roung to it.  I've only done a little bit so far but thought I'd share it.  I've not done a lot of embroidery apart from cross-stitch; my stitching isn't very neat so don't look too closely :-D For reference the hoop is 7".

14 comments:

Crafty Chris said...

I think I have the same book crewel work is gorgeous but have never got round to doing it. lovely stitch on the door, your doll is fantastic as always, your brilliant at these, but the stunner for me is the birdie he is totally gorgeous, have a great weekend Anne.
Chris x

Linby said...

You are right - you have been productive LOL! Fab work, I echo the "don't need the kit" but then you never remember to do it! I did a crewel embroidery "teddy bus" took me years but I finally finished it and it is framed and hanging in the hall.
Linbyx

Jill said...

You certainly have been busy - love the wood nymph even with her sturdy neck. You've made a good start with your crewel work - but there looks like lots to do, just the right task for a damp afternoon.

Clare with paint in her hair said...

Love your little wood nymph. Missing you at ladies who lunch!

Cheryl said...

oh Hun what an incredible post,oh that bird Hun is fantastic just love what you do,boy you are so creative Hun,and so so talented,hugs Cherylxxxxxx

Julia Dunnit said...

Productive? I think prolific!! I love the nymph, and of course, as the owner of a fat neck, I think she's perfect!!! I still love my bird, she greets me every time I step in the house, so I know how pleased Ann will be.

Sue said...

Your doorway is beautful...transfers can be great fun...lovely work.
xx

Monica said...

Love the bird. the nymph is gorgeous and i am bowled over by such intricate and prolific work.

Peachy Magoo said...

Love it all but especially the Wood Nymph you are on one at the moment! Go Girl!!

kayc said...

Lovely embroidery work. It is beautiful. Have a good week. x

patcrafts said...

Great work you've certainly been productive. The bird is faband so are the wood nymph and door way, beautiful work x

Angie said...

You really have been so productive and dipping into several crafts I too find is fun. ...cant wait to see more of the embroidery ...and your figures are brilliant. xx

Annie said...

What a lot of fab projects Anne. You have been busy :-)
Hugs,
A x

Sheilagh said...

Great work Anne, your bird is weirdly wonderful. If you are going to Aintree next year give me a shout, would be great to meet up xx