After finishing stitching the “Vintage Eggs” cross-stitch ornament series by The Prairie Schooler last week, I am taking a little break. I’m not sure what big (or little) needlework project I want to start next, so I dragged out a UFO to see if I could complete it.
Remember “Anhinga Blues“? Well, here it is again:
So, I may plug away at some backstitching over the next week or so.
Monday night I went to the monthly meeting for the Homewood Embroiderers Guild, of which I am a member. The group currently has a little exhibit up in the park district building where we meet. The ladies who arranged the displays did a fabulous job, and I am always blown away by the work that some of the members do. I am lucky to get to hang out with such talented needleworkers.
I took some photos of the exhibit cases:
The large framed piece on the top shelf in the left photo is mine. It is a cross-stitch piece I finished a couple years ago. The design is based on a pattern by William Morris. It is the biggest and most labor-intensive thing that I’ve stitched.
I also received a kit at the guild meeting to make a wrap bracelet. The kit includes leather cord, #8 perle cotton thread, beads, a button for fastening and 2 twisted wire needles. I could not find a website for the designer, “On the Surface,” but this wrap bracelet on Etsy looks like it uses the same technique. The bracelet I making, however, is much longer and will wrap around my wrist 4-5 times when it is finished.
So, I opened the kit and read the instructions and started on the bracelet. It doesn’t look like much of anything yet, but here is a photo of the mess so far:
Finally, I want to share some sketches, too. I mentioned in my last post that I am thinking about designing some cross-stitch patterns–especially patterns inspired by books and literature. I have so many ideas, but there are a few that I am actively working on. Here is one design element that took me many tries to get right:
A few of the versions of this hat are laughably awful, but eventually I drew something that clicked. Can you guess whose hat this might be? :)
That was a surprisingly long update. Thanks as always for reading!
congrats on having your piece in the exhibition! that is very, very cool. the bracelet looks awesome, the beads are like the abalone ones I used in Stargazer. and Mad Hatter?
Thanks! I haven’t made any jewelry in years, so I am loving this bracelet project. And, yes, you’ve guessed correctly–it’s the Mad Hatter’s hat. :)
Yay for me!
well done on your gorgeous William Morris. Do you know, I looked at photos before reading the text and that design lept out at me. When I read that it was your stitching, I had to take another look. It really is exquisite.
Thank you so much! :)
Love your bracelet, looks vintage
Thank you. I love the beads that came with the kit. They do have a worn, vintage look.