Needle Painting – Purple Bearded Iris

When I decided that I wanted to try needle painting,  I did some research,  then more,  then even more.  I finally decided to pick up Long and Short Stitch Embroidery,  A Collection of Flowers,  by Trish Burr. 

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What drew me to this book was one flower in particular,  the purple bearded iris.  As soon as I saw that flower, I immediately had to buy the book.

I showed my mom the book when I got it.  And I showed her the beginning of working on the flower. 

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But then after that,  I really didn’t show her much and did not send her any more pictures of it.

What she didn’t know was that I had planned from the moment I saw the picture that I would be making it for her.  My mom loves iris.  My grandma,  mom’s mom,  had iris all over the farm.  I love iris as well,  especially the purple ones and the creamy color ones. 

I finished the stitching last night,  put it on fusible interfacing,  then bound it. And I gave it to her today.

Here are the pictures!

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I’m extremely happy with my first needle painting project. 

On the back,  I used a micron pen and wrote: To Mom,  I love you.  Love, Michelle.  August 2014.

Oh and a sneak peek to the next needle painting:

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I combined the rose and the rosebud from the book,  adding the longer stem with thorns to connect the two flowers.  I have it traced onto the fabric now and started stitching this afternoon.  Stay tuned for more!
 

Handy Words

As soon as I finished the face embroidery,  I immediately jumped into outlining the hand that I had planned to do next. 

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I did a few of the lines going through the hand then started on the main outline. 

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Right about this point,  where you see in the picture above,  the hand decided it did not want to be done the same as the face.  And it was pretty insistent.  So i finished the main outline plus a few more interior lines.   And started to work on the rings.

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After that,  it fell into place and only a couple days later,  the hand was finished. 

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Close up details:

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While this did not go the way I originally planned,  I’m very happy with how it turned out.   It was fun adding the “bling” to the design.  And i can always make another hand later that is filed with tons of small satin stitched sections.

Have I started anything else?  Of course!  I’ll even give you a sneak peek! Just of the drawing anyway,  which I ended up coloring in with my colored pencils:  

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This is from Long and Short Stitch Embroidery by Trish Burr. I’m trying my hand at needle painting.

Finished! Self-portrait

3 weeks of stitching,  start to finish.  With a couple of days that I didn’t work on it due to a bad summer cold.  But finally,  the embroidered face self-portrait is finished! 

From first looking at Terri Mitchell’s work,  to drawing my own version (several times), to hours and hours of stitching.

The drawing:

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The finished face:

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I am extremely happy with how this turned out!  I used primarily satin stitch and stem stitch to fill in all of the spaces,  with a few sections of french knots,  one section with reverse chain,  and one section that I couldn’t resist beading. 

Close up photos:

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I’ll admit,  I had a few times where I wanted to give up. I really am not a fan of satin stitch.  But I am so glad I stuck with it! 

What do you think of the finished face? 

Embroidered “Self” Portrait – Update

Even with being sick,  I have managed to make a good bit of progress on my “self” portrait inspired by Terri Mitchell’s design.  I’m getting more and more excited about finishing.  Not only because I want to see how it all looks when it’s done,  but also because of the next project that is already whispering in my ear.

First up though,  the current progress pictures.

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A few close up pictures:

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This next one shows my favorite section so far.  The diamond shapes,  the swirl,  the waves:

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I have approximately 46 empty spaces to fill still for the hair,  then fill in the lips and eye.  Then I need to decide if I will do something with her shirt or not.  If I do, I want something simple so it won’t take away from her wild and crazy hair.

The next project is already drawn out in my sketch book. I suppose I can share the drawing with you.  :)

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Yep.  A tangled hand!  I traced around my hand and then let loose with curves and lines. I plan to make the fingernails all the same color and then not use that particular color throughout the rest of the hand. 

Embroidered “Self” Portrait

While this isn’t my face as seen in the mirror,  the more I look at it,  the more I see it as a portrait of my creative side. 

I shared in my last post the outline of the face.

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I have added more outline stitches to make some of the large areas smaller and I started on filling in areas with color. 

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I am loving this so far!  I still need to add more outlining so I can make the rest of the large areas into more workable sections. But I’m very happy with the progress.

A couple closer up photos:

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I think that last picture shows one of my favorite sections. All the diamond shapes in different colors. 

Note: this is inspired by Terri Mitchell and a gorgeous embroidered face that she did.  The link to her work is in the previous post on this blog. I will try to update this post soon and add the link here as well.  (Links and my phone don’t get along).

Hope you enjoyed this look at my “self” portrait of my creative side.

A Sneak Peek at the Current Project

Sometimes my brain wanders too much.  But as any crafter knows,  that is a common problem.  Although,  is it really a “problem”? Look at all the wonderful ideas and inventions out there because people let their brains wander.

Gwyn from Sew Crazy linked an embroidery picture to me on Facebook a couple days ago.  I tried to resist,  but my brain said “you must do this!”

Colorful!  Crazy!  Intriguing!  Have you seen Terri Mitchell’s work before?  If you haven’t,  check it out. She does some amazing embroidery.  One of which inspired my current obsession…err… project.  Inspired enough that I pulled another project off the 11×11 frame to put this on and start working on it. 
I didn’t want to do an exact copy,  add that wouldn’t be right,  so I made a few changes. 

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This is my drawing that I ended up with.  Some of it is similar to Terri ‘ s but hopefully I made enough changes to make it different.  Mine will not be for sale.  It will hang in our house somewhere. 

Nine hours of stitching later (over two days) and I still don’t have the outline done! 

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I need to add more little sections to break up the larger areas.  This will mostly end up satin stitch,  which I’m still improving my skill on.

I decided to do just a couple small sections with some color just to get an idea of what size sections I want when I finish up the outlining. 

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Based on the two little sections I did…i need to add a lot more outlining! !

I am enjoying the hell out of this embroidery project though. 

Oh and on a side note,  you should see much better quality of photos on my blog now.  I finally gave in and upgraded my cell phone.  This one has a 16 megapixel camera on it!  16!! That’s even better than my digital camera.  (I can’t guarantee the spelling though.  I’m having a blast with this keyboard right now.   It’s one where you can just run your finger over the keyboard and it spells the most likely word for what path you took,  instead of having to hit each key for each letter in every word).